Hamilton Gave a ‘Beautiful Flute Concert’ – Marko Blames Mercedes for Blocking Red Bull F1

Published 07/31/2021, 1:40 PM EDT
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton took pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, which turned out be his eighth pole at the Hungaroring circuit. But like last week, his achievement came with some controversial baggage.

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The Mercedes driver drove slowly in front of the Red Bull duo of Verstappen and Perez in their final qualifying run. Although Max could take the chequered flag, Checo was not so lucky and could not set a time in his final run. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was not pleased with the efforts of the Brit.

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Hamilton prevented Max from setting a fast time again: Helmut Marko

As reported by Formule1, Marko blamed Lewis for purposefully driving slowly to prevent Max from going faster. He also said Hamilton used his advantage to play games with the Red Bull driver.

“Hamilton prevented Max from setting a fast time again,” said Marko.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

“It gave him a beautiful flute concert. Thank God nothing has changed,” said Marko of the starting grid tomorrow.“ It’s just the usual games. From a sporting point of view, I don’t see that this is correct, but we have to remember this,” Marko concluded.

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Lewis Hamilton to start in Budapest ahead of Max Verstappen

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Lewis secured the 101st pole position of his career and secured a Mercedes front row ahead of Valtteri Bottas. The Briton was happy with his lap and overjoyed to claim his first pole since Barcelona.

Max Verstappen will start the race in P3 on softer tires.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

“It was an amazing qualifying lap that last one. Amazing teamwork from everyone this weekend, trying to push the car forward developing constantly. It has been amazing to see everyone rallying together,” said Hamilton.

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Do you think Hamilton will manage to keep Max at bay and convert his pole into a race win?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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