Marko Has Bad News for Max Verstappen Ahead of Belgian F1 Grand Prix

Published 08/02/2021, 7:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg , Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wearing a protective face mask during a press conference after qualifying in pole position FIA/Handout via REUTERS


It was another horrible weekend for Max Verstappen at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Dutch driver was hoping to redeem himself from the events at Silverstone, but as soon as he headed into turn one, those dreams were shattered.

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The damage that Max sustained in the crash could possibly cause the Milton-Keynes-based outfit to possibly bring in a new engine for the Red Bull prodigy, which could result in a grid penalty at the Belgium Grand Prix. However, team advisor Dr. Helmut Marko would like to have an investigation before they draw a conclusion.

Marko is hopeful that Max Verstappen’s engine can be salvaged for Belgium

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Things do look bad for the Raging Bulls, but Marko is optimistic is hoping that they can save the Honda engine and avoid the penalty.

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)

The Austria boss said, “The engine was no longer usable and we still have to investigate whether it can be saved. At the moment we have to assume that we will have to put in a fourth engine, which means that we will have a grid penalty. The damage is the result of the crash at Silverstone.”

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A weekend to forget for Red Bull

The Milton-Keynes-based outfit were looking to bounce back after the events at Silverstone, two weeks ago. However, it didn’t quite go their way from the opening lap itself.

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As all the drivers hastily made their way into turn one, Valtteri Bottas lost control of his Mercedes and hit both Red Bull drivers, Verstappen and Sergio Perez. While the Dutchman made it out of the crash with significant damage, the latter wasn’t so lucky.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during qualifiying REUTERS/David W Cerny

In the end, the Dutch driver couldn’t salvage his team’s weekend; he finished the race in P10 and has moved up to P9 after Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from the race.

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Now, Verstappen & Co would use the summer break to analyze and come back stronger from the next round. They would be hoping to make an impact in Spa, possibly grab a win, and put the events of Silverstone and Hungary behind them.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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