Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko isn’t someone to hold back when it comes to expressing his opinions and he did not hold back in the aftermath of Max Verstappen’s crash at the British GP after a coming together with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. He has now given his frank opinion to Sky Germany on how the matter should have been dealt with
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Marko Calls Everyone At Mercedes “Blind”
Marko began by explaining why the crash wasn’t a racing incident
“If a competitor massively touches our rear wheel with his front wheel, then that's no longer a racing incident in the fastest corner of the circuit. That is negligent to dangerous behavior”
Mercedes’ insinuation that it was Verstappen’s fault was pointed out to him. Marko responded to that by saying
“Then they are all blind. The replays showed that quite clearly. He went into our right rear wheel with his left front wheel and sent Verstappen into the barrier”
He signed off by revealing what according to him would have been an appropriate punishment for Hamilton
“You can't do that with the normal sporting code. I don't know what the maximum penalty would be, but such dangerous and reckless behaviour should be punished with a suspension or something”
Lewis Hamilton doesn't “think, from [his] current understanding, that [he’s] in a position to have to apologize for anything. [They] were out there racing” [Post-race press conference]
“None of us ever want any of us to ever get injured, that is never my intention, so I really hope that he is OK”, he further added
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner “will look at [appealing for a stronger penalty for Hamilton], but [he doesn’t] think it makes much sense and will change the result anymore” [De Telegraaf]
McLaren’s Lando Norris feels that the incident between Max and Lewis “is a very tricky one. Both drivers risked a lot, and Lewis got a penalty so they thought Lewis was to blame” [F1]
“Going to the inside there [Turn 9] is a very difficult thing to do, especially because when you come in at such a high speed on the inside it is such a tight angle”
“It is easy to do what Lewis did and understeer. I guess he misjudged it a little bit. It is racing. I don’t know, I don’t want to say anything”, Norris surmised
His teammate Daniel Ricciardo feels that “ultimately Lewis went in too hot for the given level of grip and that’s where you see he just drifted up into Max” [Race Fans]
“Completely unintentional, but just the nature of the aero on these cars and you just have to allow a little more”, he added
However, he’s “certainly not going to sit here and judge and say he should have done this or that”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is feeling “50% frustration, 50% happiness. Obviously going into this weekend there was absolutely no hope of fighting for a win here at Silverstone” [Post-race press conference]
“So, this shows how great a job [they] are doing as a team. It’s not an easy situation for the team, but the team is working extremely well”
He also stated that he “was really on it every lap. [He doesn’t] think there was one lap where [he] did a big mistake”
Lando Norris pointed out that “because of the pit stop, [he] didn’t get the chance to be ahead and defend [third] for as long as possible” [F1]
“It would have been nice to fight for it and have that opportunity, but fourth and fifth for [them] as a team is still a good result”
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly has revealed that he “had a puncture and had to box with five laps to go. It’s very frustrating to be coming away with no points” [F1]
His teammate Yuki Tsunoda, meanwhile, is “quite happy to have come away with a point. [He] tried to stick to the plan, really focus on tyre management, and [he thinks he] achieved that well”
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen feels that he “had a nice battle with Sergio [Perez. They] went side by side in quite a few corners but suddenly the space was gone”
He is “not sure what happened but [he] spun and that was it. In the end, [they] had to do a lot of defending, [they] were still missing something to be in the points until the flag”
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