‘He Did It Tactically’ – Marko Reckons Experience Helped Lewis Hamilton Win the Battle Against Max Verstappen in Bahrain

Published 04/03/2021, 2:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Lewis Hamilton is currently in pursuit of an astonishing eighth world championship title in F1, and there is finally a driver who put a stop to his everlasting run of form – Max Verstappen.

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Ever since the Dutchman switched to Red Bull, there have been massive debates about who the better driver is between the likes of Max himself and Lewis. And this so far has been a never-ending saga with quite a lot of racing personalities revealing their views.

Amidst an already huge pool of opinions, Red Bull advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, too, joined the list by expressing his thoughts on the Max vs Lewis contest.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The Austrian felt the star drivers of Red Bull and Mercedes are “more or less equal“. Furthermore, he also reckoned that Max will soon catch up with his rival despite the lack of experience.

They are more or less equal,” he said. “Max will at some point be able to fall back on such a wealth of experience as Hamilton.” (Translated from German using Google Translate)

The flying Dutchman has been aching for a fast car from Red Bull for years. And right when Mercedes suffered a downfall, the bulls have found a breakthrough in terms of pace, altering the fortunes to their side.

It was a difficult race for Max Verstappen: Marko

Speaking to Motorsport-Total, the ex-racing driver opened up that Max and Lewis are the best in their own class and the only thing that is keeping the seven-time world champion ahead is his abundant racing experience.

I think the race clearly showed that the two are in a class of their own. What Hamilton has ahead of Max is the unbelievable routine. I don’t know how many races he has, how many victories,” he said.

You could see that, how he did it tactically, how he changed lines. And it was a very difficult race for Max,” Marko continued.

During the Bahrain GP, Red Bull were forced to mess up their strategy with Max following the unexpected under-cut from Mercedes.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain -Race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference with second-placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen FIA/Handout via REUTERS

And despite the poor strategic calls, Max managed to churn out some fast laps on the fresher tires. With over four laps left to go, Max got within the attacking distance.

However, the driver ahead was Lewis, which muddled the Dutchman’s chances of securing the race win. But of course, there is still a long way to go in this massive 23-race calendar.

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And all that’s needed from Red Bull is perfection in terms of strategy, which can subsequently bolster Max’s chances of winning races over the upcoming race weekends.

So, will Red Bull use the pace advantage to the fullest and help Max in securing his first world championship title this season? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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