Brundle: Anger from usually “calm and serene” Verstappen speaks volumes

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The Singapore Grand Prix marked one of the toughest weekends so far of Max Verstappen’s 2022 season.

Speaking after the race, the Dutchman recalled how it was a “crappy weekend” and how he got “zero pleasure” from fighting through the midfield to seventh when he could’ve sealed the championship.

Writing in his usual column for Sky Sports, Martin Brundle believes that Verstappen’s frustration from the performance speaks volumes about his dedication this season.

“Verstappen should have been on pole position but staying out on track for most of the final Q3 12 minutes meant that he was forced to abandon his final pole lap two corners from home to have enough fuel for the mandatory scrutineering checks,” Brundle wrote in his column.

“Cue an extremely unhappy championship leader, and he let the team know in no uncertain terms. Barely underneath the surface of the calm and serene 2022 Max 2.0 is still quite a temper.

“My take on that, as he heads to an inevitable second championship, is just how much pain a lost pole position and potential victory means to him despite his and the team’s current dominance.”

Brundle impressed by Perez

While Verstappen struggled with setbacks all weekend, teammate Sergio Perez put in a dominant performance on Sunday in a race that has been hailed as one of the best for the Mexican.

Brundle continued: “Sergio Perez kept his rear tyres gripped-up all the way through the acceleration phase and led into the first corner, which decided the winner as it would turn out.

“In a most impressive fashion he would spend the next two hours managing a track which was proactively inviting you into the wall along with endless actual and virtual safety cars, all with his mirrors filled by a scarlet Ferrari with a very determined Leclerc at the wheel.

“Sergio occasionally goes on the missing list for a couple of races, but when challenging opportunities arise he’s the man with a plan and a calm mature head.”

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