Red Bull boss Helmut Marko has slammed Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for their “complaints.”
Helmut Marko, a Red Bull advisor, has launched a thinly veiled blow at Mercedes.
Mercedes has been doing “strange things” like protesting on a daily basis, according to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, in an attempt to sway this year’s title contest back in their favor. The Silver Arrows have been struggling to keep up with Red Bull recently, with Max Verstappen leading Lewis Hamilton by 18 points in the Drivers’ Championship.
The Dutchman has won three of the last four races, including the Steiermark Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, where he cruised to his most emphatic victory to date.
He started from the pole position and never looked back, pulling away from Hamilton on the first lap and then expanding his lead to a comfortable gap as the race progressed.
Verstappen, who appears ready to utilise Red Bull’s current performance edge to mount a strong title assault this year, was unable to lay a glove on the defending world champion.
For the first time in the hybrid era, Mercedes is on the back foot, with Hamilton trying to reclaim his normal supremacy and Valtteri Bottas having a nightmare season as he struggles to keep his place for next season.
Despite this, Marko has disclosed that the German team is no stranger to political games off the track, as they seek to sabotage Red Bull’s success in any way possible.
“To keep nice, they do hilarious things,” Marko told De Telegraaf.
“They whine about our rear wing, our pit stops, and a variety of other stuff. If Mercedes doesn’t do it alone, they’ll enlist the help of a team like Aston Martin.
“We concentrate on the race and try not to let anything get in our way. Mercedes has lost their 50bhp advantage that they held for the past seven years.
“However, the McLaren with a Mercedes engine was now the fastest vehicle on the straight. At Mercedes, they aren’t used to being in this situation.”
Marko is responsible for a large part of Red Bull’s recent success, and his Verstappen project appears to be on track to bring title-winning success in the near future.
He is hell-bent on ending Hamilton’s reign of terror by crowning the Dutchman as F1’s next world champion, a task that will almost certainly be accomplished sooner rather than later. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”