Marko Contradicts Max Verstappen’s Recent F1 Claim About Finishing Behind Lewis Hamilton

Published 11/04/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
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)


Recently, Max Verstappen downplayed his eagerness to win the world championship title this season amidst the never-ending battle against Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman reckoned he wouldn’t mind losing out to the seven-time world champion, as finishing second will not “change his life.”

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However, Red Bull F1 advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, has contradicted Verstappen’s claim and further revealed why the Dutchman is not confident of winning the championship this season. But, before moving forward, here’s a bit of context over what the Red Bull driver actually said.

I think even if we finish second we will have had a great season, and at the end of the day, it’s not going to change my life. I enjoy what I’m doing and I think that is also very important. For me, there is not much to worry about, really,” Verstappen acknowledged.

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Marko demands Verstappen to defeat Lewis Hamilton

Speaking to Auto Motor Und Sport, Marko affirmed that winning the 2021 championship title is very important for both Verstappen and Red Bull. “Life goes on for sure. But the world title is something very, very important for him – and for us. This is not a question,” he said.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Team Great Britain leads Red Bull Racing Honda driver Max Verstappen (33) of Team Netherlands at the start of the United States Grand Prix Race at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Marko further opined that Ferrari’s late resurgence and Mercedes’ constant push with the power unit have caused Verstappen to not be optimistic about winning the championship this season.

He’s lagging behind due to the circumstances. Because Ferrari had this miraculous increase in horsepower with the engine at that time. Mercedes was forced to do everything possible to compensate,” the Austrian added. (Translated via Google Translate)

Would be a bitter disappointment if Max doesn’t take it: Marko

Marko acknowledged that 2021 is offering Verstappen a golden opportunity to win the title. Since such opportunities hardly ever come in F1, he reckoned it would be a bitter disappointment if the 24-year-old fails to secure it.

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It would be a bitter disappointment for Max if he didn’t take it. If you take the statistics: How many kilometers we have covered. We have more race wins. Our failure in Baku. There was already a certain superiority. But, this is not reflected in the score,” Marko concluded.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Overall, Marko’s demands are loud and clear. He is not letting Verstappen’s morale fall, especially at this time of the year. Hence, the Dutchman will continue to surge forward in the fight against Hamilton.

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But can he hold on to this lead until the end? Or are we in for a late comeback from the seven-time world champion? 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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