Marko Takes a Dig at Lewis Hamilton’s Met Gala Outfit

Published 09/22/2021, 2:11 AM EDT
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala – Met Gala – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – Arrivals – New York City, U.S. – September 13, 2021. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni


During the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen came together around what was the slowest corner of the circuit. It visibly looked like Hamilton’s neck had come in contact with one of the Red Bull’s tires.

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Hence, the Briton, hours after the incident, had acknowledged that his neck was still a bit sore. But, now, over a week later, his comment is still irking Red Bull’s advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko.

The Austrian alleged that Hamilton was certainly alright despite the massive tire brushing his neck. He further questioned why Hamilton was spending the night at Met Gala if he was struggling with such soreness, and also ended up taking a dig at the 7-time world champion’s ‘funny’ outfit.

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Red Bull advisor fires shot at Lewis Hamilton

In an exclusive interview with RTL, Marko reckoned that the incident was hardly life-threatening, as his post-race action said it all.

The Mercedes driver flew on a 7-hour flight from Monza to New York, hours after the crash. And Marko felt that it would have been impossible to fly with a sore neck, subsequently rounding off the severity of the incident.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala – Met Gala – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – Arrivals – New York City, U.S. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The whole incident was certainly not life-threatening. If he had really serious neck pain or problems, then he would not have been in New York – incidentally, in the very funny outfit he appeared in,” he said.

If you go on a seven-hour flight with a stiff neck after an incident like this, it couldn’t have been all that serious,” he added.

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Red Bull accepts the blame for the crash

Marko acknowledged that Red Bull are accepting the stewards’ decision to penalize Verstappen even though he continued to reckon it was a racing incident.

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This is a decision of the stewards, we accept it. But in our opinion, it is a racing accident,” Marko said. So what now for Verstappen and Red Bull?

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after crashing out of the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini 

Well, the Dutchman will take up a 3-place grid penalty at Sochi this weekend. Meaning, his highest possible starting position will be P4.

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Hence, the Russian Grand Prix could well be an incredibly active race weekend, especially amidst predicted wet weather. So, can Verstappen defy the odds to win the upcoming race against his rival, Hamilton?

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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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