Marko Reveals the Cold Facts About Verstappen & Hamilton’s Relationship After Silverstone

Published 08/07/2021, 6:47 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


There seems to be no respite in the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, with the British Grand Prix opening a can of worms.

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Things appeared to settle in Hungary, with the duo fist-bumping each other following the qualifying, and Verstappen slamming claims that Hamilton is a ‘dirty driver’.

However, if Dr. Helmut Marko is to be believed, the relationship between the two title contenders is far from normal. Moreover, the Austrian further reckoned that there is no relationship anymore between Hamilton and Verstappen after the Silverstone incident.

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Relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

During a podcast, Marko revealed that the relationship between the 2021 title-contending duo pretty much collapsed with the race weekend in the United Kingdom.

You have to do your job. But to win the championship, you must make points. So you have to finish. So you have to focus on the future races. But, yeah, there’s no anymore relationship,” Marko told Mike Hosking, a kiwi radio broadcaster.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris collides with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

The tension around the championship battle with Hamilton is steadily getting to Verstappen, with the post-qualifying press conference proving why.

The Dutchman lashed out at the interviewer, Tom Clarkson, who tried digging deep into the possibility of yet another collision with Hamilton during the Hungarian GP. That incident clearly showed the heat Verstappen is still carrying against Hamilton. And it is barely going to subside in the coming months.

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Marko slams Mercedes for stealing the championship lead

The Austrian was rather unhappy with Mercedes causing disruptions to Red Bull drivers’ races over the past couple of weeks. After Hamilton sabotaged Verstappen’s race at Silverstone, it was Valtteri Bottas at Hungaroring.

The Finn crashed into McLaren’s Norris, causing a chain reaction, which led to the retirement of Sergio Perez. Meanwhile, his teammate’s race was almost compromised with more than significant damages to the bargeboard.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Contrastingly, a successful race from Hamilton meant that Red Bull lost the lead in both constructor’s standings and the driver’s standings. And Marko was visibly frustrated.

That’s the second weekend that we were taken out from a Mercedes car. So, we lost all our championship lead in the constructors and in the driver’s standings. So annoying,” he said.

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With F1 heading into the summer break, Red Bull can catch their breath and return stronger for the Belgian Grand Prix, later this month. So, can either of the Red Bull drivers secure a win at Spa to retake the championship lead from Mercedes?

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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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