Helmut Marko makes Haas joke about Lewis Hamilton comment

Lewis Hamilton explained recently that he was questioning in 2021 how Red Bull were applying upgrades at every race.

With Red Bull’s budget cap scandal finally having concluded, some of the team’s hierarchy have started to talk more openly on the matter, whilst also reacting to comments made by others during the process.

Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko has arguably reacted to the $2.2 million breach, which would’ve been just $430,000 had the side filed their tax documentation correctly, the most.

His recent comments to AMuS involve a quite comical dig at Lewis Hamilton, following comments made by the seven-time World Champion during the FIA’s investigation into Red Bull.

Hamilton was asked by media constantly at the Japanese Grand Prix to react to the ‘Cashgate’ scandal; however, the seven-time World Champion remained tight-lipped, with the Brit not wanting to comment too much until it was confirmed (the breach was confirmed a day after the Japanese GP).

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However, Hamilton did say in Japan that he was surprised to see Red Bull develop so many upgrades in 2021, and actually contemplated at the time that the Austrians were going to breach the cap.

“What I can say is I remember last year at Silverstone we had our last upgrade,” said the Brit.

“But then we would see Red Bull every weekend, or every other weekend, bringing upgrades. They had, I think, at least four more upgrades from that point.

“If we spent 300,000 on a new floor, or adapted a wing, it would have changed the outcome of the championship naturally because we would have been in better competition in the next race if you add it on.

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“So I hope that’s not the case.”

Hamilton was, of course, beaten to the 2021 title by Max Verstappen; however, Red Bull have stated multiple times that their breach had nothing to do with the car itself.

Marko has since reacted to the comments made by Hamilton and in particular his one regarding the cost of a new front-wing.

The Austrian joked that the price Hamilton quoted for a new front-wing would be spent by Haas “making a whole new car”.

“It was the first year of the budget cap,” said Marko to Auto Motor und Sport.

“The rules were vague. It was late to react with clarifications.

“We had everything checked by Ernst & Young. You have to rely on something.

“We believed we had a safety net of three million. In the end, only 400,000 dollars remained. With that money, Hamilton is building a front wing (grins). Haas are making a whole new car.”

Unfortunately, the entire saga was happening in the final days of Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz, who died during the United States Grand Prix following a bout of illness.

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Marko revealed that the co-founder was fully aware of what was going on amid the scandal, and that a meeting was “planned” for last week.

“A meeting was planned for the week after Mexico, but that didn’t happen,” reflected Marko.

“Mateschitz took such a beating in his entire career. Red Bull have been confronted with many accusations in the past years. So there is a certain fighting mood.”