Max Verstappen has taken a dig at Lewis Hamilton’s controversial new Mercedes on the first day of testing in Bahrain. Mercedes’ W13 car has caused some debate with it’s radical ‘no sidepod’ look. There was a vast difference to the appearance of the car Mercedes unveiled in Barcelona last month.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been quoted by Auto Motor und Sport as saying the car “violates the spirit of the regulations”.
Horner also questioned the legality of the W13, being quoted as saying: “There are some parts that are not legal”.
But Verstappen has taken a more jovial, but slightly brutal, approach to his rival’s new vehicle.
The Dutchman did not want to comment on whether the W13 was completely legal or not.
But he is clearly not a fan of the appearance.
In an interview with NOS, Verstappen said: “I don’t know if the W13 is legal – but it’s quite ugly, isn’t it? It doesn’t look good, even the colour!”
Reigning world champion Verstappen is once again aiming to prevent Hamilton from winning a record eighth world title this year.
He won his maiden championship in hugely controversial circumstances in 2021.