Just when the heat started to settle down following the Hungarian GP and British GP debacle, the latest race at Monza blew up a whole new level of controversy between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The latter crashed into his rival during the race, causing the intensity between Mercedes and Red Bull to flare up.
Unsurprisingly, Mercedes openly blamed Verstappen for the turn 1 incident, with a few claiming that the Dutchman’s action was deliberate.
Well, here is Red Bull’s advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko to the rescue of Verstappen. While the stewards found Verstappen guilty for the rather ‘normal’ incident, Marko opined that it was Mercedes, which added a bit more controversy to it.
What did the Red Bull advisor say?
“It was a normal racing accident,” he told Osterreich newspaper. “All the stories surrounding this were brought up by Mercedes. Verstappen had already got out of his car when Hamilton tried to get his car out of the gravel.
“The medical car saw that too and drove on. And then they put on this show that poor Hamilton is suddenly injured,” Marko added.
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after crashing out of the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A lot of fans slammed Verstappen for not checking up on Hamilton, who was then still inside the cockpit. However, truth be told, it was never advisable for the Dutchman to walk anywhere near Hamilton at that point in time.
The engine was still running at the back of the Mercedes, as the Briton was desperately trying to get his car off the gravel. Hence, it looks like Verstappen’s decision to walk away was quite reasonable. But, of course, his radio message has a different story to tell.
Marko laughs at Mercedes F1 claim at Monza
There were claims that Verstappen’s motive was to take Hamilton out of the race to prevent the latter from winning it. However, Marko denied such accusations and reckoned that Verstappen’s Red Bull was lapping much faster than both the Mercedes.
“Mercedes was too slow for that,” he said. Marko further acknowledged the ongoing championship battle is far from over, as the excitement will remain alive until the very last race.
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca
“I don’t believe a word they say about it. The five points that we are ahead by means nothing. It will be exciting until the last race,” he said.
Overall, this is the rivalry the entire F1 community has been waiting for. Amidst blazing intensity surrounding Hamilton and Verstappen, who is ultimately going to finish ahead?
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