F1 expert Martin Brundle 'saddened' by Verstappen tactics and warns Hamilton rival he could be labelled 'unfair driver'

MAX VERSTAPPEN'S legacy is at risk as he could be labelled as an "unfair driver" due to his controversial tactics.

That is according to Formula One legend Martin Brundle, who is "saddened" with Verstappen "resorting" to such moves on the track.

The Red Bull star came under fire during a thrilling Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, which rival Lewis Hamilton won and set up a title decider in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Hamilton narrowly avoided disaster after his opponent braked suddenly when allowing him to retake position.

It saw the pair collide before the Mercedes star managed to overtake a few laps later.

The Dutchman was ordered to let the British hero pass after he cut him up to avoid being overtaken – once again nearly causing a crash.

Brundle told Sky Sports: "He's been playing the game given that, with his points advantage, Hamilton simply can't afford to have an accident with him and lose an opportunity to reduce the points deficit.

"Even now despite being absolutely level on points going into the final round, for the first time in F1 since 1974, that remains the case given that he has a 9-8 race victory tally should there be a count-back.



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"Such is Max's car control and cunning he's sometimes able to pull off the audacious moves and leave a margin of doubt as to whether it's hard racing or simply a professional foul outside of the regulations.

"And it's those moments, such as the infamous turn four in Brazil, which are generating the confusion, controversies and inconsistencies.

"I'm in awe of Verstappen's driving skills and racing nous, and have championed him since the Chinese Grand Prix of 2015 when he was in the Toro Rosso.

"His touch and control behind the wheel is something to behold, but it saddens me that he's resorting to such tactics, he's better than that.

"And for all his outwardly carefree attitude it will be such a shame if his legacy is to be labelled as an unfair driver.

"Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher had their faults too, and I was on the receiving end from both of them on occasions, but it's a sizeable dent on their immense reputations, not a positive."

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