“People in Glass Houses…” – Marko Calls Out Mercedes’ Double-Standards After Tire-Blanket Complaint

Published 09/04/2021, 11:53 AM EDT
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


It is no secret that Red Bull and Mercedes are arch-rivals, with them fighting for the title, things will get intense. At the qualifying session on  Saturday at Zandvoort, the Raging Bulls complained to the FIA, that the Silver Arrows had kept their tire blankets for a longer time.

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However, Mercedes had previously complained to the FIA about the same. Hence, the team’s advisor Dr. Helmut Marko had a stunning reply after the qualifying session.

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During the quali session at Zandvoort, Mercedes were warming up Lewis Hamilton’s tires, and Valtteri Bottas’ tires. Red Bull made note of this and complained to the FIA.

Jonathan Wheatley, Sporting Director at Red Bull said, “The two Mercedes, they’re doing what we’ve been warned about previously.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto talk on the grid before the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on October 11, 2020 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

After the quali session, Marko said to Sky Germany, “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit are pleased with their Dutch driver for achieving pole position for Sunday’s race. However, they are disappointed to see Sergio Perez getting knocked out in the first round.

The team knows they need both Verstappen and Perez to bag maximum points from the Dutch Grand Prix if they intend to grab the lead from Mercedes in the title race.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 3, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

As of now, a 7-point gap exists between the two title contenders. Red Bull very much knows that the Silver Arrows will throw everything at them to retain the lead. But after claiming victory at Spa last weekend, the Horner-led team believes they can do the same this weekend.

Who do you think will come out on top at Zandvoort on Sunday’s race? Will it be Max and Sergio taking maximum points? Or the squad from Brackley who will claim victory? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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