Hide Your Incompetence by Blaming Max Verstappen, Marko Slams the FIA

Published 11/23/2021, 9:52 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021 Head of Red Bull’s driver development program Helmut Marko with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Andres Stapff


RedBull star Max Verstappen finished second in Qatar GP after starting 7th in the grid. The Dutchman received a grid penalty after a transgression relating to the double yellow flag situation during Q3 on Saturday. However, This did not sit right with the RedBull advisor Helmut Marko. He went on to criticize the FIA for this move.

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Notably, the FIA also summoned RedBull boss Christian Horner for his remarks directed towards a volunteer marshal following the same incident. Although, he later apologized for the comments and agreed to attend a conference organized by the FIA next year.

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Marko believes that the move against Max Verstappen was unjustified

Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas were handed grid penalties for breach of Yellow flag conduct. Moreover, Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly suffered a puncture in the final sector towards the end of qualifying. Yet, The Finn and the Dutchman, who were on their flying laps didn’t seem to get affected by Gasly’s car.

RedBull Advisor Helmut Marko, who has an image of being outspoken, lashed out at the FIA for the move. On being asked if the move was fair, he replied “No, it is ridiculous. You know that the FIA ​​cannot organize a proper classification system and they are trying to hide their incompetence by carrying it on the driver’s shoulders. Incredible.”

FIA is under tremendous scrutiny

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The weekend in Qatar saw criticism of Stewards in many instances. Sebastian Vettel came in front pointing out the inconsistency in rules of the FIA after the qualifying. The actions taken against the two drivers followed this. However, it turned out just well for Verstappen in the end.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 19, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during practice REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

“I tried everything I could after the five-place grid penalty so to finish in second and score the fastest lap is really good. I had an exciting start and I knew that the first few laps were really important, I had a good launch and I was fairly quickly back into second place,” said Verstappen after a tremendous drive.

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“We are now just five points behind in the constructors’ championship and eight points in front in the drivers’ championship. So there are two very big races to come and it’s all to play for. We are going to work hard next week and improve the car as much as we can and see what we can do in Jeddah,” said Horner after the race.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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