Marko Sounds Alarm Bells for Red Bull With Mercedes F1 Engine Claim

Published 11/16/2021, 5:58 AM EST

The Sao Paulo Grand Prix witnessed a sheer masterclass from Lewis Hamilton who went on to win the Grand Prix after starting 10th in the grid. His points’ difference to Max Verstappen has now been reduced to 14 points with three more races to go.

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However, the changes in the Mercedes engine are being credited for this exceptional turnaround by the Briton after Red Bull’s dominance in the Mexican GP. Red Bull Advisor Helmut Marko believes that this Mercedes engine is arguably the best in recent years, with much superior power units than their Austrian counterparts.

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Notably, Lewis Hamilton took a 5 place grid penalty in Interlagos for taking his fifth Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) of the season. Nevertheless, the tactic proved out to be a successful maneuver as both Mercedes drivers finished on the Podium. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez finished P2 and P4, respectively.

Marko is impressed and tensed at the same time with Mercedes’ engine

Helmut Marko and Red Bull wanted to consolidate Max’s lead in Brazil, but things did not go as planned. Lewis won against all odds after receiving a 25-place penalty (in qualifying and sprint).

Marko seemed highly impressed by the current Mercedes engine, which, according to many, was behind Hamilton’s performance. “We have not seen an engine like that of Mercedes in recent years, as far as I can remember,” said Marko, as reported by FormulaPassion.

“Mercedes has done a masterpiece to put such a rocket on track in this crucial phase of the World Championship. Hamilton won on the straights, while Max was on average two to three tenths faster in the center sector.  If they manage to maintain engine performance until the last race, it won’t be good news for us,” he added. (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is of a similar opinion to Marko.

We trust the work and investigations of the FIA and not we will protest for this race. When he passed Max he was 30km / h faster. So, there is something we need to understand anyway,” commented Horner.

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Hamilton believes this to be one of his best weekends

Hamilton had a dream weekend and a much-needed one for him to stay close to Verstappen in the championship.

“Did I think we could come from last? I don’t know what was possible but I just gave it everything and this has definitely been probably one of the best weekends, if not the best weekend I have experienced in probably my whole career,” said Lewis.

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Do you think Mercedes can carry forward this momentum? Or will Red Bull catch up?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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