Red Bull’s Marko can only ‘shake his head’ at Hamilton’s Alonso complaint in Hungary
• Dr Helmut Marko is not too impressed with Lewis Hamilton’s racing commentary.
• Hamilton criticized Fernando Alonso’s defensive driving during the race.
• Marko believes Hamilton should revisit his comments in light of the British GP drama.
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Helmut Marko appears to have had as many Mercedes as a man can handle, criticizing the Hungarian complaints of Lewis Hamilton and the penalty kick from Valtteri Bottas.
After leading the drivers’ championship by 32 points after the Austrian GP, Max Verstappen enters the summer break eight points behind Hamilton after two first-lap crashes – both caused by Mercedes drivers – which cost dearly in Dutch. Red Bull’s woes were compounded by Hamilton’s victory in the British Grand Prix, followed by a P2 in Hungary.
The latter was a race in which the reigning world champion complained about Fernando Alonso’s defense in the Alpine, saying it was dangerous at such high speeds.
Not impressed with the reviews
This finish on the back of the Briton crashing into Verstappen across the Copse at high speed at Silverstone left Marko rather unimpressed.
He told F1-Insider.com: “Everything has been said about Hamilton. He was able to win in England despite the collision he caused. We accept the stewards’ assessment. Yet you can’t shake your head only after hearing Hamilton’s radio traffic in Hungary during his battle with Alonso. It was far too risky what Alonso was doing there in the fast corners. But how does he rate his action in the Copse Corner at Silverstone – one of the fastest corners in Formula 1? “
And then of course there’s the repair bill that awaits Red Bull after three cars were damaged in two races.
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Speaking about his emotions after Verstappen’s car was damaged by Valtteri Bottas in Hungary, the Finn also retiring Sergio Perez, Marko said: “It’s a mixture of frustration and anger, bewilderment and a bit The last two races could be described as collateral damage for us: we were comfortably in the lead, now we’re not just late for the world championship, a chassis has been destroyed, an engine, maybe even a second .
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“This means that we have to expect a grid space penalty at some point in the year because under these circumstances we can’t get along with the three different engines anymore. It’s cynical that we can’t help him and that Mercedes, whose drivers are the cause of our problems, are the big beneficiary. “
Bottas will have a grid penalty for the next race, the Belgian GP, for causing the first round carnage in Hungary, but Marko joined Christian Horner in saying that means nothing to a Mercedes driver.
“With a well-tuned Mercedes you have gained these positions in two laps because there is hardly any track on which you can overtake better,” said the Red Bull adviser.