Marko Confirms Max Verstappen’s Health Problems, Praises Red Bull F1 Driver’s Mentality

Published 10/27/2021, 7:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is seen ahead of qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


The United States Grand Prix was a walk in the park for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. However, it was reported that he wasn’t keeping well, but nevertheless claimed victory in Austin.

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Additionally, the team advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, was impressed by the Red Bull prodigy, seeing him come up with tactics during the race while not being fully fit.

Max Verstappen won the US Grand Prix amidst having a health crisis

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Many would assume that Verstappen was feeling a hundred percent for the weekend, as he defeated Lewis Hamilton for pole position. Additionally, he was the mastermind with his tactics that saw him beat the Mercedes driver once again this season. However, the 24-year-old had some health problems while he was in Austin.

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

As reported by Auto Motor Und Sport, Marko said, “It’s unbelievable what mental capacity he still has free. He drives a car at the limit, is in poor health, but still thinks about the strategy design.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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Can Verstappen further extend his lead in the championship?

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The Dutch driver headed into the United States Grand Prix with a 6-point lead over the seven-time world champion. He hoped to grab a win to increase his odds in the championship battle.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Red Bull prodigy was true to his word, as he took the checkered flag once again this season and defeated Hamilton. Now the 6-point gap has been extended to 12 points. With a week off from Formula One, Verstappen aims to dominate the Mexican Grand Prix, with the goal of getting another win under his belt this season.

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As the F1 paddock moves to Mexico for the upcoming race, what is your prediction for the Red Bull driver as he prepares to zip around the Mexican track? Let us know what you think 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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