Helmut Marko Takes a Dig at Lewis Hamilton Over Fernando Alonso Rant

Published 08/06/2021, 9:32 AM 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)


Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is understandably furious with Mercedes’ on-track antics. Furthermore, the Austrian criticized the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, for complaining regarding Fernando Alonso’s defense at Hungarian GP.

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The Milton Keynes-based team endured a harsh couple of race weekends after two opening lap crashes caused by the Mercedes drivers. And things went from bad to worse for the Austrian team after Lewis Hamilton secured his eighth victory at Silverstone and making a great comeback in Hungaroring to retake lead the drivers’ championship.

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What did Helmut Marko say?

Highlighting Lewis’ hypocrisy in complaining about Alonso’s risky driving in fast corners to the Briton’s own actions in Silverstone, Marko said“Everything has been said about Hamilton, he was able to win in England despite the collision he caused. We accept the stewards’ assessment.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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)

“Still, you can only shake your head after hearing Hamilton’s radio traffic in Hungary during his battle with Alonso. It was way too risky what Alonso was doing there in the fast corners, he complained.

“But how does he rate his action in the Copse Corner in Silverstone–one of the fastest corners in Formula 1?” added the Red Bull advisor.

Fernando Alonso vs Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian GP

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The two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, showed massive resilience to keep his former teammate, Lewis Hamilton, at bay in Hungary. The seven-time world champion was left frustrated as Alonso practically denied him his 100th Grand Prix victory.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action REUTERS/David W Cerny.

The two giants battled out for 10 laps for the P3 at Hungaroring. Unfortunately, on lap 65 on turn 2, Fernando’s defense tumbled as the Spaniard locked up and went deep on the previous turn, which allows Hamilton to finally get to P3.

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Despite that, Alonso managed to hold off Lewis for quite a while, which helped Alonso’s teammate, Esteban Ocon, to secure his maiden Formula 1 win.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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