Come off it, Verstappen is massively popular. Most of the rounds we have in Europe the crowds are half orange and we are going to have a Dutch GP next season almost entirely off of Verstappen's back.Option or Prime wrote:But that is exactly the point, if he is happy with top 5 finishes he is doing brilliant, If he wants to be in the top team rather than 3rd best he needs to have a unique selling point. Love or hate Hamilton he is a massive promotional tool for Mercedes, In Vettel and Leclerc they can represent the brand off track. Vettel is great at that.SmoothRide wrote:This thread is utter nonsense. Between Belgium last year and Hungary this year, a span of 21 races (so exactly a full season), Max had 21 straight finishes of 5th or better, including 3 wins and 4 second places. In the 3rd best car. Aside from Hamilton, nobody on the grid is as fast and as consistent, and Max is only 22 years old, which is the age Hamilton was when he started in F1. Max is taking more risks of late, but that's no surprise as he is mostly shooting for race wins and not interested in finishing 2nd-5th.
Sulky, moody behavior with side swipes at his peers isn't appealing in the slightest. If he wants a top drive he has to swap teams or wait for RB to come good. If RB found a quick youngster, how long do you think MV would last, they "spit drivers out". That's why Verstappen needs to watch his back!
So whatever he is doing it is clearly proving to be very appealing to a lot of fans.