Lewis Hamilton Struggling to Accept Red Bull and Verstappen ‘Opposition’: Marko

Published 04/29/2021, 7:05 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Lewis Hamilton doesn’t often make mistakes, but when he does, rivals jump at the opportunity to beat him. That was the case in Imola where Max Verstappen took the lead after Hamilton had a slip-up. Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko feels that the seven-time world champion is not ready to give up to his rivals.

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The Knight made a huge mistake in the opening laps of the race. Hamilton couldn’t cope with Red Bull’s pressure and gave enough room to Verstappen to take the lead. He kept fighting to take the position back but failed to do so.

Helmut Marko feels Lewis Hamilton is massively against his opposition

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Speaking to RTL, as quoted by Sport1, Marko said, “That means that we have to maintain the pressure constantly, if not even increase it. When the necessary pressure is there, you can see reactions.”

“That Hamilton is not willing to accept this opposition. He is massively and with great vehemence against it,” Marko explained. (Translated from German via Google)

Christian Horner feels Hamilton was extremely lucky at Imola

The team principal for Milton-Keynes squad, Christian Horner, states that the seven-time champion was fortunate that he could salvage his race. Hamilton could have had a bad result, but his determination saw him finish P2.

He said, “It has to be said that Lewis was extremely fortunate, a sentiment I’m sure he would echo. The red flag, which was caused by his teammate, allowed him to un-lap himself after his own accident when he would have been effectively out of the race for a podium finish.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
But it was a very strong comeback drive by him and Mercedes once again showed great race pace, so you can see there is not a lot in it at the moment,” Horner concluded.

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The third round takes us to Portugal where the Mercedes driver will look to bounce back while Verstappen will loo to get his second win of the season. What are your race predictions for the upcoming Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.

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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.

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