Marko ‘cuts’ P2 and P3 from Mercedes to focus on Verstappen in F1 Hungarian GP

Marko ‘cuts’ P2 and P3 from Mercedes to focus on Verstappen in F1 Hungarian GP


Red Bull may be in a good position with a 97-point lead in the constructors’ championship and an 80-point lead in the drivers’ championship, but Helmut Marko says it’s not time to rest. With nine races to go, a lot can still happen.

Speaking to oe24.at, Marko pointed out that there are still 225 points to be distributed, including points from the fastest laps and races in Brazil. “We really can’t settle down yet,” the Austrian said. However, Max Verstappen currently does not need to put much effort to win the championship, unlike Charles Leclerc.

Although Ferrari started the season strongly and were seen as title favorites in the early stages of 2022, that picture has now changed. It’s a lot. This despite the strong car that the team still has. How is this possible? “Doing almost everything wrong,” is Marko’s simple conclusion. He points to the Hungarian doctor, where Ferrari made a mistake in tire choice and pit stop strategy.

Verstappen had a great victory at the Hungaroring, making a good comeback after starting from P10, but Marko believes his performance is outweighed by all the plaudits Mercedes are getting on the podium twice from Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. “Everyone is celebrating Mercedes as the big winners for second and third place,” he said.

Mercedes believes it would have had a chance of victory had it not been for Hamilton’s DRS problem on Saturday. However, Marko points out that Verstappen would disappear over the horizon if he started at the front. “I just want Max’s performance to be appreciated enough. After the unfortunate qualifying, he won after starting tenth, on a lap where there should be no chance to come back. If he was in front, he would have disappeared immediately,” said the Red Bull consultant. .