Marko & Wolff React to Lewis Hamilton’s ‘Theatrical’ F1 Radio Messages at Dutch GP

Published 09/05/2021, 1:55 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton was constantly on the team radio as he was chasing down Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Team Boss of Mercedes Toto Wolff understands where Hamilton is coming on. While Dr. Helmut Marko of Red Bull finds it a bit over the top.

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Even though the 7-times world champion was frustrated on the team radio, Wolff knows they are on the same page. The Austrian boss was concerned that whether to attack or to settle for the fastest lap.

Wolff and Marko share their thoughts about Lewis Hamilton’s radio

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The Knight was chasing down the Red Bull prodigy from start to finish. He came on the radio several times to ask his Mercedes colleagues about strategies and what to do to get the lead.

Speaking of this Wolff said, as quoted Formel1.de, “We are now in the ninth year together. You have to give the driver a valve. If you are frustrated in the car and things are not going as you want , then spit yourself out, “he shows understanding. “That’s okay. We’ll take that. That’s what we’re there to dampen it.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“We are totally on the same wavelength, even if it gets a bit sharper on the radio. But we didn’t know at the time whether we should keep attacking because he caught up or do we go on the fastest lap on End and see that we don’t run out of tires. And we were a little hesitant about that,” Wolff concluded.

Marko felt that his messages on the team radio were over-exaggerated, he said, “Hamilton tends to be a little theatrical.” (Translated from German)

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How did Hamilton’s race pan out at Zandvoort?

The 7-times world champion was starting the race in second place just behind his arch-rival, Max Verstappen. He was hoping to grab a win and twenty-five points to retain his lead in the title race.

However, it didn’t turn out to be that way as Verstappen saw the chequered flag from start to finish. Meanwhile, Lewis had to settle for second place, but will be happy that he stole the fastest lap from the Dutchman.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

With the next race just in a week’s time at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. Hamilton would hope to bounce back and grab another win for Mercedes this season.

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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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