Red Bull’s Helmut Marko apologizes for blaming Lewis Hamilton

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Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko says he “is sorry” because his initial assessment of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s collision at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was “obviously not correct”.

At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a controversial collision.

The collision happened after the Dutch driver seemingly tried to slow down and let Lewis by, after being instructed to give the position back because of a previous incident.

At the time Lewis was yet to be informed by his team that this was going to happen, and Max suddenly slowed down and even moved a bit, which caused Lewis to drive into the back of his car.

After the race both drivers were summoned to the stewards and the FIA later announced that Max will receive a ten-second penalty and two penalty points on his licence, because it was determined that he braked aggressively and was the predominant cause of the accident.

After the race Helmut Marko claimed that the collision was Lewis’ fault and even stated Red Bull had the data that proved the Briton was wrong when he said Max brake-tested him.

Well, now Marko has apologized for his claims.

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“At the time of the television interviews, I passed on exactly the information that I had received from the engineers beforehand,” the Austrian told F1 Insider.

“They were obviously not correct, so I’m sorry for that.”

He then said his team is now focusing on Abu Dhabi.

“Hopefully, the unfortunate chapter of Saudi Arabia is now closed. In any case, we are only looking ahead.

“We want to win in Abu Dhabi and thus win the title. We will do everything for that, but we will not start any unfair actions.

“We already had the pace in Saudi Arabia to keep up with Hamilton. The track in Abu Dhabi should suit us more,” Marko concluded.

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