Marko and the Red Bull F1 problem that made them lose at Silverstone

Marko and the Red Bull F1 problem that made them lose at Silverstone
Marko and the Red Bull F1 problem that made them lose at Silverstone

For Max Verstappen, the 2024 F1 British Grand Prix had two sides. For much of the race, his pace was not good enough to challenge for the race lead, but an excellent team strategy allowed him to get quite close to victory at the end of the race.

On the hard tyre, the Dutchman overtook Lando Norris in the final laps and came very close to getting into the gearbox of Lewis Hamilton, who eventually took the victory on home soil.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Helmut Marko admitted that Verstappen was very close to taking a victory which during the first half of the race seemed impossible: “According to our calculations, it was two laps away,” he said.

Despite this, the Austrian veteran acknowledged that Hamilton was the strongest and congratulated the Briton on the victory: “He has broken his long drought. Here we have seen again his greatness and his greatest strength, which is tyre management.”

In contrast, Red Bull’s main advisor was disappointed with how his team couldn’t keep the tyres alive for longer: “We were already suffering from a bit of graining [con el neumático duro] and we expected him [Hamilton] “The same thing happened to him, but he did some excellent laps. That shows how good and fast he still is.”

While Verstappen’s pace on the hard tyre was good, before that final stint he had been disappointing in both the dry and the wet, but Helmut Marko again blamed the tyres.

“In the first stints, we lost the race because we were affected a lot by the graining. Max was the one who lost the most time when the rain started to fall, which is normally his strong point.”

“The tyres just weren’t working. In fact, our strategy and pit stops were perfect, everything came at the perfect time. Everything went well, except for the tyres,” he said.

Marko was cautious when talking about Sergio Pérez’s career

While Verstappen ended up getting another good result with his second podium position, for Sergio Perez The weekend at Silverstone was once again one to forget. The Mexican driver made another serious mistake that led him to get stuck in the gravel during Q1 and then started the race from the front. pitlane for an engine change.

Already in the race itself, with a bad strategy and a very poor pace, things did not improve. Therefore, Marko Something was shown critical“He came out from the pits and we were expecting him to set the fastest lap, but he didn’t do that either,” said the Austrian. “It hasn’t been a good weekend for him, let’s say,” he concluded.

Helmut Marko, Red Bull Racing

Photo by: Erik Junius

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