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Formula 1: Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko criticised for ‘cheap shot’ at Lewis Hamilton

Former Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert has criticised Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko for taking a “cheap shot” at Lewis Hamilton.Marko jested that Hamilton should have retired at the end of last season as the seven-time champion is struggling in his Mercedes this campaign. The British driver is off pace, which sees him down in seventh in the drivers’ standings.Herbert said that, while Marko takes jibes at Hamilton, he would want the Briton to drive for Red Bull.He told Sky Sports: “What a cheap shot. Typical Helmut Marko and Red Bull to be honest. After everything that happened last year,...
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Red Bull's Helmut Marko jokes Lewis Hamilton should have retired last year

Red Bull motor racing advisor Helmut Marko joked that Lewis Hamilton should have retired at the end of last season. Seven-time champion Hamilton has endured a nightmare start to 2022 and during Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix found himself lapped by Max Verstappen, who controversially beat him to last year's championship on the final lap of the final race.
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Red Bull have created a ‘difficult, prima donna’ car, says Helmut Marko

Long-time Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has described the team’s car for the 2022 Formula 1 season as a “prima donna”, and believes that rivals Ferrari have the more complete design.Max Verstappen claimed his first victory as defending F1 world champion at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, but both the Dutchman and Sergio Perez failed to finish the Bahrain Grand Prix that kicked off the new season.An offseason overhaul of aerodynamic regulations forced manufacturers to make significant design tweaks, with Mercedes so far struggling for straight-line speed and Red Bull enduring some difficulties.That has led a resurgent Ferrari to set...
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Valtteri Bottas labelled a ‘loser’ at overtaking by Red Bull chief Helmut Marko

Red Bull boss Helmut Marko says Sergio Perez is much better at overtaking than “loser” and former Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.Marko suggests Perez was more beneficial to the team than Bottas was to Mercedes as the Spanish driver could support Max Verstappen’s bid for the title. A prime example came in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when Perez held off Lewis Hamilton at the front of the race while Verstappen pitted.In contrast, Bottas was stuck in the midfield throughout the race and had little impact on Hamilton’s bid to win in Abu Dhabi.“That’s the big difference between him and Bottas,...
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Max Verstappen won’t switch to rivals Mercedes, says Red Bull chief Helmut Marko

Red Bull boss Helmut Marko says he is confident Max Verstappen won’t leave the team for Mercedes if Lewis Hamilton decides not to race in the 2022 season.Hamilton is making his decision on his F1 future when an inquiry into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the British driver was denied a record eighth world title, is published. There has been speculation as to who would drive for Mercedes if Hamilton decides not to compete. But Marko says the crash at the 2021 British Grand Prix means Verstappen won’t switch to their rivals.“I do not think that Max will leave...
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Niki Lauda would not have allowed Red Bull and Mercedes feud to ‘escalate’, says Helmut Marko

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda “wouldn’t have let” the feud between Red Bull and Mercedes escalate to the point it has, says Helmut Marko.The Red Bull chief was speaking about former driver and Mercedes part owner Lauda, who died in 2019, in the wake of a bitter season in the F1. The two teams clashed several times with multiple crashes between drivers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and heated words exchanged between the team principals Toto Wolff and Christian Horner.Marko believes Lauda would have diffused the situation. He told ServusTV: “It would not have escalated so much with Niki Lauda....
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In my 15 or so years of watching Formula 1, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a crash — or at least one that could fairly be described as a “racing incident” — generate so much discussion as the one between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Everyone lost their shit: Over the collision itself, who was more at fault and whether Hamilton’s 10-second penalty was severe enough. More than 48 hours later, people are continuing to lose their shit.
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