Marko Believes Red Bull ‘Can Benefit’ From Mercedes’ Contract Woes With Lewis Hamilton

Published 01/25/2021, 3:28 AM EST
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Mercedes overwhelmingly dominated the 2020 F1 season; however, there was one lone Red Bull warrior that kept fighting the Silver Arrows. Admittedly, Lewis Hamilton was in a league of his own, but Max Verstappen came dangerously close to beating Valtteri Bottas this season.

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The Finnish driver claimed the P2 position with just a nine-point difference to Verstappen at P3. Meanwhile, Red Bull supremo, Helmut Marko believes his team could take advantage of Mercedes’ situation next season.

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have been going back and forth in their contract negotiations for over a month now. Marko believes that the Milton Keynes team could possibly take advantage of this troubling situation in 2021.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passes the chequered flag to win the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He explained  that Hamilton has only two options, “Take a sabbatical or sign up at Mercedes.” He believes that irrespective of the decision, there will be a little unrest within the team. Marko further pointed out, “of course we hope that we can benefit from that.”

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Marko clarified that Perez’s understanding of the Mercedes engine played an important role in his Milton Keynes induction for 2021.

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MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 10: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

“Sergio brings a lot of knowledge about Mercedes with him. After they let him go at Racing Point, he was obviously very attentive to everything Mercedes did. We hope for a lot of input from this side,” said the Red Bull Supremo.

Red Bull hopes to close in on the gap with Mercedes this season. Hopefully, lesser engine problems and a better performing second driver in Perez could make this possible next season.

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Do you believe the Milton Keynes team can at least split the Silver Arrows this season?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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