Marko Critical of Mercedes’ Mannerisms But Refuses to Engage in Foul Play – “Style of the House”

Published 07/20/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool


Despite suffering a 10s penalty after a massive first lap crash with arch-rival Max Verstappen, the Briton secured his fourth win of the season in controversial circumstances. The two title contenders, Verstappen and Hamilton, collided at Copse on the first lap of the race, which resulted in a red flag and sent the Dutchman to the hospital.

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The Knight celebrated like crazy after overtaking Charles Leclerc with just three laps to go in front of 140,000 spectators at Silverstone. And Red Bull advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko is understandably furious with Hamilton for his celebration at Silverstone.

Furthermore, the Austrian criticized Mercedes for not asking about Verstappen’s wellbeing after the race.

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What did Helmut Marko say?

“I found that to be rather low-level. Hamilton had cheered his late-race success in front of more than 140,000 home fans at Silverstone without wasting a word or thought on Verstappen,” said Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko.

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)

“There hasn’t been a call to Max to this day either. But that’s just the style of the house. We take note of that.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Marko continued to criticize Mercedes. However, the Austrian is against any revenge or foul on Hamilton and prefers to do the talking at the next race weekend in Hungary.

Average person wouldn’t have survived: Marko on Max Verstappen crash

Lewis Hamilton’s left-front wheel tangled with Max Verstappen‘s rear-right at Copse Corner on the opening lap. This sent the Dutchman spinning into the tire barrier, in an impact that measured 51G. And Helmut Marko claims an ordinary person wouldn’t have survived a crash of such intensity.

“He is now surprisingly well again,” said Marko.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Peter Cziborra.

“We would have thought that it would be completely stiff from this unbelievable impact with 51g, but fortunately, everything is okay except for a few neck pain. I think a normal mortal won’t survive something like that.” 

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Despite securing zero points at British GP, Verstappen still leads the driver’s championship. However, Lewis Hamilton managed to close the Dutch’s 33-point lead in the championship to just eight points.

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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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