Marko Questions Hamilton’s Alonso Criticism After ‘Shooting Out’ Verstappen

Senior Red Bull adviser Dr Helmut Marko has criticised Sir Lewis Hamilton for suggesting that Fernando Alonso defended too aggressively against him in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was steadily making his way up the field after a poor tyre call for the restart of the race, but he encountered staunch resistance when he was trying to overtake Alonso to edge closer to the podium.

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The seven-time World Champion was evidently growing increasingly frustrated with his inability to overtake Alonso’s Alpine, with him at one point complaining on the team radio that the Spaniard dangerously defended into a high-speed corner.

Dr Marko believes that Hamilton had no right to make such a comment as he “shot out” Max Verstappen on the first lap of the previous race at Silverstone by optimistically trying to pass his Championship rival into the ultra-high speed Copse corner.

The Austrian also questioned the severity of the penalty former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel received in Hungary, after he was disqualified from the race and consequently missed out on a P2 finish due to there not being a large enough fuel sample in his Aston Martin following the grand prix.

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“Vettel was disqualified because there was not enough fuel left in the tank. So we have to talk about the relation of the penalties,” Dr Marko said.

“It is clear why Vettel almost ran out of petrol, because a normal race had been calculated and then he simply used more in the fight with Ocon – no driver saves petrol in this situation. 

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“Where is the relation there compared to Hamilton’s offence?

“Then there is Hamilton’s statement about Fernando Alonso’s dangerous driving. [Alonso] drove sensationally, defended optimally, and then this statement from someone who shoots out a competitor a race before,” he added.

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