Hundreds of F1 fans have slammed senior Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko on social media for his recent remarks about Pierre Gasly’s qualifying performance in the 2021 season-opener.
Specifically, Dr Marko said he believes Max Verstappen would have managed to set a faster lap time than Gasly’s best effort – which was good enough for P5 – if he were also driving for Scuderia AlphaTauri at Bahrain.
“I would say Max would have definitely gained two or three tenths in qualifying. He would have done] the time of Gasly minus two and a half tenths,” Dr Marko said this week.
“But he certainly wouldn’t have been on pole,” he added.
This immediately prompted a strong reaction on social media, with many fans taking to Twitter to hit out at the Austrian for seemingly devaluing Gasly’s strong qualifying performance.
However, some F1 fans defended him by pointing out that he was merely answering a journalist’s question.