“It is cynical that we cannot help it and that Mercedes is the big beneficiary”– Red Bull is annoyed by Mercedes route to points table lead.
In the last two races, Mercedes has caused two severe collisions, yet they got the maximum benefits out of it, and the Red Bull chief Helmut Marko is annoyed by it.
He talks about how Mercedes winning while Red Bull became the biggest victim of the two crashes has frustrated his team to the maximum extent.
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“It’s a mixture of frustration and anger, perplexity and a little despair,” Marko told F1-Insider.com. “The last two races could be described as collateral damage for us.”
“We were comfortably in the lead, now we are not only behind in the World Championship, a chassis has been destroyed, an engine, maybe even a second.”
Now grid penalties surround them.
On Sunday, Honda announced that Verstappen would be taking his third engine of the year before the race in Hungary, and later when Sergio Perez got written-off out of the race by Valtteri Bottas’ carnage, it was announced that the Mexican would also need to seek his third engine of the year.
This now brings them only a step away from the grid penalty later this year, so Marko is not delighted with the fact that Mercedes would be benefitting by this too.
“That means we have to expect a starting place penalty at some point in the year because under these circumstances we can no longer get along with the three different engines,” Marko said.
“It is cynical that we cannot help it and that Mercedes, whose drivers are the cause of our problems, is the big beneficiary,” he added. Moreover, he rubbished the five-grid place penalty to Bottas for Spa, as he thinks it would be covered easily by the Brackley based team.
“With a well-tuned Mercedes you made up those positions in two laps because there is hardly a track on which you can overtake better,” Marko said.