Toto Wolff: “No one will meet Max again” / Formula 1

Toto Wolff: “No one will meet Max again” / Formula 1

Mercedes Motorsport director Toto Wolff was certain after the race in Japan: Max Verstappen cannot win his fourth world championship. “His car is attractive and he drives very well,” he praised.

After Max Verstappen retired in Melbourne due to brake problems, he again shone with his usual power at the Suzuka Circuit. The Dutchman from the Red Bull Racing Team crossed the finish line almost twelve and a half seconds ahead of teammate Sergio Pérez to celebrate his third victory in four races.

Not only did he receive positive words from Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner for his appearance, the race was also full of praise for Verstappen. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was basically announced as this year’s World Cup champion. He said: “No one is going to meet Max this year. His car is impressive and he drives very well, it’s just a matter of who will be the best of the rest.”

Regarding his own performance, the Viennese explained: “We had a bad first step and we had to analyze why it was like that. But the second and third phases were very good. That’s the positive thing we’re going with. For us, right now it’s about doing a live test. We’re behind, and now we’ve gone in a different direction.”

“But we understand the car better and now we have collected more data that shows us the right direction. Even if the results do not show that. But I am more optimistic because our tests worked – even if this is not reflected in the qualifying results or race results,” added Wolff. George Russell finished the race in seventh place, his teammate Lewis Hamilton finished in ninth place.

Japan-GP, Suzuka Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:54:23,566 h
02. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +12.535 seconds
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +20,866
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +26,522
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +29.700
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +44,272
07. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +45,951
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +47.525
09. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +48,626
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Racing Bulls, +1 Round
11. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 Round
13. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Lap
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), clean, +1 lap
15. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1 Round
16. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1 Round
17. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, +1 Round
Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, Elektrik
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Crash
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bull, Crash

World Championship Standings (after 4 out of 24 Grands Prix)

the driver
01. Verstappen 77 points
02. Perez 64
03. Leclerc 59
04. Sainz 55
05. Norris 37
06. Plate 32
07. Russell 24
08. Alonso 24
09. Hamilton 10
10. Walk 7
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman (GB) 6
13. Hulkenberg 3
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Zhou 0
17. Ricciardo 0
18. Okon 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 141 Punkte
02. Ferrari 120
03. McLaren 69
04. Mercedes 34
05. Aston Martin 33
06. Running Bull 7
07. Especially 4
08. Williams 0
09. Sauber 0
10. Alpine 0