Helmut Marko's dig at Lewis Hamilton following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix hasn't gone down properly with former F1 driver Johnny Herbert.
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Johnny Herbert has taken situation with Helmut Marko for suggesting that Lewis Hamilton ought to have retired on the finish of 2021, describing it as a “low-cost shot”.
Hamilton endured a difficult weekend at Imola, getting knocked out in Q2 in qualifying and failing to attain in both the Dash race or the Grand Prix.
Afterwards, Crimson Bull advisor Marko despatched a dig in Hamilton’s course by claiming the seven-time World Champion may be pondering “he ought to have stopped final yr”.
Herbert: It's typical Marko and Crimson Bull
Requested for his ideas on Marko’s comment, three-time Grand Prix winner Herbert labelled it an pointless dig.
“What an inexpensive shot! [It’s] typical Helmut Marko and Crimson Bull, to be trustworthy,” Herbert instructed Sky Sports activities Information.
“After every part that occurred final yr… what a battle there was between Max [Verstappen] and Lewis, and naturally Crimson Bull and Mercedes – it went right down to the wire.
“The race on the finish of the yr, as we all know, was fully and completely incorrect, however it was the person who dominated that final a part of the yr… that was Lewis Hamilton.
“Would [Red Bull] need him of their automobile? Sure, they might. They know he is an enormous, huge risk for them as soon as Mercedes get every part collectively, they usually begin battling for these race wins once more.”
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Herbert is backing Hamilton to do all he can – on and off the observe – to show the state of affairs round and return Mercedes to successful methods.
“He’ll be working very, very laborious along with his engineers and with the designers to attempt to work out precisely what goes incorrect,” he stated.
“I believe, basically, they know they have a superb automobile, however till they’ll get the fitting set-up for the automobile, it should be a number of laborious work.
“That is the place he’ll be actually inspiring throughout the workforce. He is nonetheless very, very pushed to have the ability to get the most effective out of himself, however out of the workforce on the similar time.
“Even while you’re successful, you have nonetheless bought to maintain that motivation going.
“I believe the proof within the pudding was final yr. It seemed as if it was going to be a runaway victory for Crimson Bull within the early to center a part of the season, and it rotated.”
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