Helmut Marko, Red Bull Racing advisor, is confident Max Verstappen’s lead at the F1 Drivers Championship standings would be more significant if the Dutchman hadn’t lost ‘over fifty points innocently. Verstappen (287.5) currently leads Lewis Hamilton (275.5) by 12 points with five races remaining.
Marko used the Hungarian Grand Prix, Azerbaijan, and British Grand Prix to show why Verstappen should be in a stronger position in the F1 Drivers Championship standings.
Red Bull Advisor believes Max Verstappen should lead the charge.
Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko spoke to Autosport and explained why Max Verstappen’s team is in such a strong place. Marko stated that Hamilton finished fifth in Turkey and Hamilton was fifth in Sochi. Max finished second in Sochi, but it was not by chance.
We feared we would be behind in the last three races.
Red Bull Racing’s advisor added that Verstappen should lead Hamilton by at least 50 points. Even more impressive is that we lost Baku, Silverstone, and Hungary innocently. We lost more than 50 points in these three races if you carefully calculate it. We are now only 12 points behind. Marko added that we have overcome all setbacks and have been able to match the Mercedes upswing.”
The British Grand Prix in Silverstone saw a controversial first-lap contact between Hamilton (the Dutchman) and Verstappen. The former went on to win the race, despite being given a 10-second penalty. After five laps, the Dutchman was forced to retire in Baku after his left-rear tire exploded on the straight. He then crashed out.
Valtteri Bottas didn’t get his brakes right when his car collided with Lando Norris, who crashed into Lando Norris, Red Bull Racing driver. This resulted in Verstappen losing another chance to score points. Verstappen, who suffered damage at the beginning of the race, finished in Hungary in ninth place.