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SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 28: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 28, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Brundle likens Verstappen dominance to Schumacher era

The Sky Sports pundit shed some light on Verstappen's future

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Formula 1 commentator, Martin Brundle, has warned Max Verstappen of fans who will find his Red Bull dominance boring. 

Max Verstappen on the podium for Red Bull at Belgian Grand Prix after racing with dominance
Max Verstappen lifts his first place trophy on the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend. Image Credit: Dan Mullan via Getty Images

The Belgian Grand Prix was a Verstappen masterclass. The Dutch driver took an engine penalty, started at the lower half of the grid, and still managed to win. And he certainly won with ease. He began working his way up from the 14th spot on the grid to the top place of the podium.  Verstappen has now extended his championship lead to almost 100 points. He sits at 284 points with his teammate Sergio Perez in second place on 191 points and Charles Leclerc now in third with 186 points. 

Verstappen’s future looks similar to that of Hamilton and Schumacher

Verstappen’s 2022 dominance has been likened to that of the Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher eras. Of course, Verstappen and Red Bull will be happy about this, but some fans are not. In his post-race column for Sky Sports, Martin Brundle picked up on this. He said:

“We will of course soon have some people moaning that one driver is dominating, as we had with Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, among others, rather than them appreciating the level of excellence Red Bull and Max are delivering.” 

Almost immediately after the Belgian Grand Prix, some viewers took to Twitter to have their say. One viewer wrote, “I speak for everyone when I say this sport is much more boring when Max Verstappen is winning.” Another said:

With fans already drawing comparisons between Verstappen, Schumacher and Hamilton, Brundle’s warning has come at a perfect time. Brundle also had some words on Verstappen’s visor tear off, which has also been a topic of interest. 

Warding off any Ferrari threat

During the Belgian Grand Prix, Leclerc was forced to pit under an early Safety Car after a visor tear off got in his brake duct. Reportedly, the tear off belonged to Verstappen. Brundle believes that it was an unfair incident:

“These visor rip offs need controlling and at least it should be mandatory to write the driver’s name on each one. […] Somewhere in my memory bank, these used to have to be put in a pocket or retained with Velcro inside the cockpit, as it’s not fair to discard them and ruin somebody else’s race.”

Even though this did leave Leclerc rather out of sync with the race, Red Bull were flying so fast around Spa that Ferrari were of little concern. Verstappen seems to be all set for a championship win in 2022, but how many years does he have ahead of him? If Verstappen truly is in a dominant era, we can expect much more of this to come. 

Featured Image Credit: Dan Mullan via Getty Images 

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