Helmut Marko says Hamilton’s strategy helped Verstappen

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Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko says Lewis Hamilton’s strategy at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix helped his team determine what to do with Max Verstappen’s tyres.

At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Mercedes put Lewis Hamilton on the hard tyre for most of the race.

Red Bull’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko reveals his team looked at Hamilton’s performance on the hard compound, before deciding what to do with Max Verstappen’s strategy.

“We looked closely at the tyre wear on the hard tyres with Hamilton at the beginning,” Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.

“We told Max that he could really push.”

After the race Hamilton himself explained the hard tyre was working great for him, however, ultimately due to a pit stop mishap he had to settle for P10.

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“I struggled with tyre temperatures in the beginning, but it started getting better as the mediums [on other cars] dropped off,” Lewis told Sky Sports F1.

“It was a really good stint, I was pushing and feeling good, then it all hit the fan. Not much has changed really since the last race, it’s only been a few days.

“What I know is that today, I couldn’t keep up with the Haas at the end. The power they have, they came slingshotting past me when I overtook [Kevin] Magnussen earlier on in the race.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do for sure but I know we’ve got a great team and we’ll just keep our heads down and try to improve,” concluded Hamilton.

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