A war of words between the two team bosses of Mercedes and Red Bull came to a head in Canada. Wolff reported by Speedweek.com condemning the young Dutch driver as “behaving like a youngster” with a degree of immaturity outside the car.
“He’s a teenager. In the car he is extremely good, but if you talk to him, then he is a boy.”
Very quickly Toto qualified his comment saying “Verstappen made some mistakes in Monaco, three times he crashed into the barriers. Compare Max with the maturity of Lance [Stroll] and it’s very surprising, as he’s is only 17 years old.”
Stroll currently races with F3 team Prema Powerteam who has strong ties with Mercedes. It’s worth noting too that Toto Wolff tried unsuccessfully to secure Max Verstappen during the period when Red Bull upgraded him to the top flight of F1.
After the race in Canada however, Horner jumped in with a rebuttal after Verstappen’s impressive race to 4th having held off a rampant Nico Rosberg for 10 laps.
“He showed a great mental strength! It was a pretty mature performance for someone who has been accused by Mr Wolff of not being mature. For me he [Max] was very mature, as he kept some very experienced drivers behind him, ”
Verstappen was awarded the offical ‘driver of the day’ post race.