And Brundle has now revealed that he is still confused as to why Verstappen is seen in a bad light by so many fans.
Brundle: Why is Verstappen disliked in F1 still?
"I like that Max speaks his mind and I've always found him very refreshing to interview, and also simply to chat to in the paddock," he wrote in his Sky Sports column.
"He's very direct and honest, what you see is what you get, and he clearly doesn't care all that much what others think.
"I can't help but feel that a little more diplomacy and balance would be more fitting to the legacy he will leave, and after all, we are all only guardians of this great sport as we pass through.
"Of course, he was feisty and a little wild as a teenager when first racing in F1, but he sorted that out and is mostly a model of calm out on track now, and as fair as anybody else when it comes to hard racing.
"I don't understand why he's still seen as the villain, but the fans will make up their own minds."
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