Marko: Red Bull to ‘Rethink Our Involvement in Formula 1’ After Abu Dhabi Controversy

Published 12/13/2021, 5:43 AM EST
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 09: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170409-00432 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //


Max Verstappen managed to clinch a nail-biting win at the Yas Marina Circuit following his final lap heroics. The last Formula 1 race of the season was disarrayed towards the end by a safety car incident. Mercedes were not happy with how it turned out in the end for Lewis Hamilton and the team launched a protest against the Red Bull win.

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Although the two contentious protests were dismissed by the Stewards and Verstappen was confirmed the F1 champion, this whole scenario didn’t sit right with Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko. The Austrian launched the war of words against the Brackley team. He even hinted at a possible exit from the sport if these protests are not done away with.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is furious about the protest

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Marko is known for his unfiltered opinions and straightforward approach. More recently, he even suggested that Lewis Hamilton should try his luck in Hollywood while taking a dig at him. Now, he is dejected with recent protests launched by Mercedes contesting the result in Abu Dhabi. “It is unworthy of a World Cup final that the decision is delayed like that,” said Marko as reported by Speedweek.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“It’s disgusting what you did after the race, to lodge a protest where it was clear that it would not work. That’s a very bad loser for me,” he added.

He even went on to say that the team will rethink their presence in the sport. The Austrian is not in line with the inconsistencies in the rules. “We will rethink our involvement in Formula 1 if that does not have a corresponding impact on the future championships,” said the 78-year old as reported by Speedweek.

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Marko is clearly unhappy with what all unfolded in Abu Dhabi. Surely, the organizers of F1 will take a look at his threat seriously.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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