Helmut Marko takes swipe at Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

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Pink Bull chief Helmut Marko has fired photographs at Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes workforce when discussing the present battle on the entrance of the F1 grid. Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have had two epic battles within the opening races of the brand new season.

Leclerc secured his first F1 victory in Bahrain however narrowly misplaced out to Verstappen in Saudi Arabia after late overtake. The early indicators are that Pink Bull could have robust competitors from Ferrari for the Constructors’ Championship this season.

That could be a stark distinction from the previous eight years, wherein Mercedes have dominated the producer’s leaderboard. Pink Bull’s rivalry with the Silver Arrows turned nasty and political at occasions final time period and Marko took a swipe at Hamilton’s workforce when discussing his aspect’s battle with Ferrari.

“It is a new rivalry,” Marko informed Telegraaf. “Mercedes is not less than half a second too sluggish in the mean time, however who is aware of, they are able to remedy their issues. However we do not sleep both. We work exhausting to additional develop the automotive. I feel it is extra stunning to battle with Leclerc and Ferrari than with Mercedes. It’s now extra on a sporting stage. I do know we have solely had two races, however I do not suppose it’ll escalate like Mercedes.”

Helmut Marko takes swipe at Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Helmut Marko took a swipe at Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes workforce (Picture: GETTY)

Marko additionally defined the modifications Pink Bull make in Saudi Arabia to permit Verstappen to compete for the race win.

“If Max sees his probability, he’ll go for it. His overtakes are unbelievable,” added Marko. “We additionally selected Friday to make use of a smaller rear wing, in order that we had extra high pace. The handicap was that we misplaced a couple of tenths within the first sector. Happily, it fell our approach.”

After the race Verstappen stated: “It was actually robust however a very good race. We have been battling exhausting and tried to play the lengthy recreation. The tyres have been carrying out fairly fast. On the finish we had a bit extra tempo. It wasn’t simple taking part in sensible methods within the ultimate nook. Actually glad that we lastly kickstarted the season.

Helmut Marko takes swipe at Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen beat the pair of Ferraris in Saudi Arabia (Picture: GETTY)

After the race Verstappen stated: “It was actually robust however a very good race. We have been battling exhausting and tried to play the lengthy recreation. The tyres have been carrying out fairly fast. On the finish we had a bit extra tempo. It wasn’t simple taking part in sensible methods within the ultimate nook. Actually glad that we lastly kickstarted the season.

“It looks as if when you get fairly shut you possibly can have a very good exit, and that makes it much more tough to make a go within the final nook. You actually should plan your go.”

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