“Worthy Opponent” – Marko Unusually Praises Lewis Hamilton After Russian GP

Published 09/27/2021, 9:50 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)


Lewis Hamilton has garnered praise from everyone in the paddock for his 100th race win. Even his strong critics, such as Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko, praised Hamilton.

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The Austrian stated that the 7-time world champion is a worthy opponent in their championship battle. He also said the Mercedes driver drove flawlessly in the Russian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton is a strong and worthy opponent: Marko

As reported by Sky Sport, the Red Bull advisor mentioned he hopes that the Austrian team takes the fight to Hamilton again.

“When it comes down to it in the race, he drives flawlessly. He waited great because he knew his time was coming. He is a strong and worthy opponent who we are attacking here,” said Dr. Marko, praising Hamilton. (Translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Speaking about Lewis’ impending engine change, he said, “I hope that our information is correct. After that, Lewis will have to change again. To get from the last place on the grid to the podium is not going so quickly. The coming courses are to our advantage, ahead mainly because of the high altitude in Brazil or Mexico.

“We have to win again now, but we feel strong enough and will attack again.”

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Helmut Marko stated Verstappen benefitted from the rain that came in the last laps of the race. While many drivers were confused about whether to stick to slicks or go to intermediates, Verstappen was one of the few drivers who quickly boxed to change to intermediate tires.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during qualifying REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“You have to be very clear that the rain helped us. Max changed the tire at the crucial moment. He made it through the field brilliantly, but unfortunately, it overwhelmed the tires. So we were we are forced to change our strategy.” reviewed Marko.

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Max finished the race in second place and only lost seven points to Hamilton. He now trails the Mercedes rival by two points in the championship going into Turkey.

Can Red Bull bounce back in Turkey? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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