‘We try to influence him so that there is mutual respect’: Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists his team are trying to help Max Verstappen to avoid any more collisions with Lewis Hamilton
- Max Verstappen has collided twice with Lewis Hamilton during this season
- His Red Bull vehicle landed on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes at the Italian GP
- The championship title rivals also collided on lap one at Silverstone in July
- But Helmut Marko insists they are doing all they can to ‘influence’ their driver
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists they are trying to ensure Max Verstappen avoids any more collisions by helping to develop a ‘mutual respect’ with other drivers, including Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen crashed with his title rival at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza earlier this month when his Red Bull vehicle launched from the curb and landed on top of the Brit’s Mercedes, a collision that put both drivers out of the race.
The Dutchman currently leads this season’s standings, sitting five points above seven-time world champion Hamilton, but it was the second time he had crashed with his rival after they collided on lap one at Silverstone in July.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists they are trying to ensure Max Verstappen avoids any more collisions
Verstappen crashed with title rival Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month
His Red Bull vehicle launched from the curb and landed on top of the Brit’s Mercedes
But Marko, 78, claims his team are doing all they can to ensure there are no other collision involving their driver, starting with this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, where the Dutchman faces a three-place grid penalty due to the crash at Monza.
Speaking to RTL, he said: ‘From our side, we try to influence Max so that there is mutual respect and collisions are to be avoided.
‘These are racing drivers – when the visor is down, everything is forgotten again.’
Hamilton – who was saved from serious injury at Monza due to the protective halo device – required treatment for a neck injury following the crash but Ralf Schumacher believes Hamilton overreacted.
The British driver was pictured partying at the Met Gala in New York with OnlyFans model Janet Guzman just hours after the crash, leaving Marko to join the German Schumacher in accusing Hamilton of exaggerating the injuries he suffered.
‘The whole incident was certainly not life-threatening,’ he added. ‘If he had really serious neck pain or problems, then he would not have been in New York – incidentally in the very funny outfit he appeared in.
‘If you go on a seven-hour flight with a stiff neck after an incident like this, it couldn’t have been all that serious.’
Marko had also recently told the Osterreich newspaper: ‘It was a normal racing accident. All the stories around it were pulled up by the hair by Mercedes.
‘Verstappen had already got out when Hamilton tried to go back to get out of the gravel.
‘The medical car saw that and drove on. And then a show is put on that poor Hamilton is suddenly injured.’
A couple of days ago, Schumacher was equally scathing, stating: ‘I think Lewis was too dramatising of it, considering that he flew to New York the next day to attend an event.’