Helmut Marko of Red Bull takes aim at Mercedes as the FIA investigates a rule violation –
Red Bull is unhappy with how much the Mercedes’ front wing flexes on the track and is awaiting the FIA’s decision.
The way the F1 deck has been set against Red Bull this season, according to Red Bull CEO Helmut Marko, is “astonishing.” Mercedes complained about rear wing movement on their competitors’ cars, prompting the FIA to introduce a new test.
Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 32 points heading into this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
Red Bull has protested about the Mercedes’ front wing movement and is awaiting the results of the FIA’s inquiry.
Marko thinks that it is evident because the wing bending can be seen on TV coverage.
Marko told Motorsport Total, “We have transmitted our concerns and the video footage that clearly show how this wing bends downwards to the FIA.”
“That is in the hands of the FIA, and we are not interfering in any way to put pressure on them.”
“We hope it will be given the attention it deserves.”
Marko went on to say that what Red Bull has had to deal with is “astonishing,” and he chastised Mercedes for their actions.
“It’s the variety of things that are stacked against us that is a little astonishing,” he continued. But it slowly fires back.
“And the media see it the same way we do, namely, that you see yourself in the character of the unsportsmanlike loser.”
Verstappen wants to put a stop to Mercedes’ domination, which has seen Hamilton win seven world championships.
The Silver Arrows will try to battle back at a circuit where they have a history of dominance this weekend.
For the first time at Silverstone, a qualifying sprint race will be held on Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday.
On Friday, traditional qualifying will take place to determine the grid for the 100km race.
Hamilton will be hoping Valtteri Bottas can step up his game and help Mercedes close the gap on Red Bull in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
The Silver Arrows have been linked with a move for Williams driver George Russell next season.
Hamilton’s place in the squad has already been assured after he signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes that will keep him there until the end of 2023.