With Sebastian Vettel’s penalty claim, Red Bull boss Helmut Marko slams Lewis Hamilton.
Following the events involving Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull CEO Helmut Marko believes the penalties in Formula One are uneven.
According to Red Bull CEO Helmut Marko, F1 must examine the fines it issues. It comes after Sebastian Vettel was disqualified from the Hungarian Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton was given a ten-second time penalty for a collision with Max Verstappen at Silverstone the week before.
Vettel put in a fantastic performance for Aston Martin to finish second, but he didn’t have enough fuel to be tested by the FIA.
As a result, the German was disqualified from the race.
At the British Grand Prix, Hamilton collided with Verstappen, knocking the Red Bull driver out of the race, although the world champion only received a 10-second time penalty.
After catching and passing Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, the Briton went on to win the race.
“Vettel was disqualified because he had insufficient fuel in his tank. So we have to talk about the penalty relationship,” Marko said of F1 penalties to Speedweek.
“It’s evident why Vettel came close to running out of gas, because he anticipated a normal race and then just burned more in the duel with Ocon – no driver saves petrol in this situation.
“What is the connection between that and Hamilton’s offense?”
“And then there’s Hamilton’s remark regarding Fernando Alonso’s risky driving. [Alonso] drove superbly, defended superbly, and then this statement from someone who has previously shot down a competitor.”
Following a terrible two races, Marko also opened up on Mercedes leapfrogging Red Bull in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
“We were still confident in the race, which started wet, because of Max as the rain king, until Bottas came by and cleared two of our cars, each with serious damage,” he said.
“Max’s right side might be stitched up, but his balance was lost forever.
“Sergio’s second engine has run out, and we’ll need a fourth with him as well, resulting in a penalty transfer.
“Our championship leadership among drivers and constructors washed away as a result of these two events, which were caused by Mercedes drivers.”
F1 is now on hiatus, but will resume in August with the Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton presently has an eight-point lead over Verstappen in the race for his ninth championship. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”