Former F1 Champion Questions Red Bull’s Legal Threats to Mercedes & Lewis Hamilton

Published 07/29/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Masashi Yamamoto of Honda and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in parc ferme during the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Red Bull still haven’t quite recovered from the wounds that they received at the British GP when Lewis Hamilton took out Max Verstappen to claim victory at Silverstone.


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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit are taking measures to ensure that Hamilton receives a harsher penalty for causing their prodigy to crash. In fact, it is reported that Dr. Helmut Marko, the team’s advisor, is going to take legal action against the seven-time world champion.

However, the ’96 world champion, Damon Hill isn’t a big fan of the tactics that Red Bull are using; he feels that there is a sense of danger that all drivers willingly accept once they are behind the wheel.


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Hill feels that Red Bull knows the danger the sport posses

Speaking on an episode of the podcast, F1 Nation, Hill said, “Helmut Marko said some sort of message was coming out saying he might be looking at some legal angle to this.”

But I mean if you do that, it is motorsport, where are you going to end up if you get lawyers suing each other for car crashes in motor racing? We will be tied up in red tape for the next 100 years.

“It is a problem that has been looked at. If somebody was to get hurt, is there a civil claim or even a criminal one in our sport?”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko talk on the grid before the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

He added, “My view has always been that you enter the arena, once you’ve enter the arena, you have accepted the terms and the understanding there is, in that arena, as to how it is conducted.”

“It is gladiatorial. Somebody is going to get hurt, whether it is emotionally or physically. These things are going to happen when you put cars on tracks, go that fast and get hot-headed young guys who want to be the best. It is going to happen.”

“You have to say that nobody in that arena can complain about the outcome. You understand the terms when you enter that arena,” Hill concluded.

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The Dutch driver ended his British Grand Prix with a horrific accident due to a crash with Hamilton. However, the 23-year-old, admittedly bruised, is looking to grab a win for his Milton-Keynes-based outfit in the upcoming race weekend.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Verstappen is well aware that his arch-rival Hamilton is also looking to seize a victory for Mercedes. However, the Red Bull prodigy is motivated as he still holds the lead in the title race, and will do everything in his power to prevent Lewis from stealing that lead.


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Hence, Max is hoping to keep the seven-time world champion in his rear-view mirrors as he zips around the track, aiming to grab twenty-five points and retain his lead in the championship.


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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.