- Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton and his team of making excuses for his injuries
- Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided in an incident at Monza last weekend
- Hamilton will see a specialist before Russian GP as his neck is getting stiff
- Red Bull advisor believes Mercedes is ‘pulling stories’ for ‘show’
- Although he accepts that Halo was responsible for saving Hamilton.
Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team of preventing injuries sustained in last week’s Italian Grand Prix crash with Max Verstappen.
Hamilton and Verstappen were involved in a serious accident that saw Red Bull’s car overturn and land on Britt’s head at the Variante del Retifilo at Monza. As a result, Hamilton was taken to the hospital for a precautionary check-up.
Hamilton has since revealed he will see a specialist ahead of the Russian GP as his neck is getting ‘stiffer and tighter’ – although that hasn’t stopped him from attending last night’s spectacular Met Gala in New York.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided in an incident at Monza last weekend (above)
Lewis Hamilton (left) and Max Verstappen (right) were involved in a serious accident at Monza’s Variante del Retifilo on Sunday afternoon
The crash happened on Sunday last week when the British driver left the pit-lane on lap 26 of 52 and met Verstappen – who had fallen further behind after a pit-stop of 11.1 seconds at a slower pace.
The pair headed to Turn 1 before Verstappen crossed the raised curb at Turn 2, causing his car to fly into the air and land on top of Hamilton.
Verstappen was later awarded a three-place grid penalty and two penalty points. He also received criticism for walking away without examining Hamilton’s recovery.
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko accuses Lewis Hamilton and his team of making excuses for his injuries
He attended the Met Gala alongside Janet Guzman, a model and influencer (above) – who currently boasts 1.9 million Instagram followers and manages an OnlyFans account
However, Marko believes that the story surrounding the accident and Verstappen is unjust. He claims Hamilton’s team has ‘put on a show’ to point fingers at the Dutchman.
talking to Osterreich newspaperMarko said: ‘It was a normal racing accident. All the stories around it were pulled by the hair by Mercedes.
‘Verstappen was already out when Hamilton tried to go back to get out of the gravel.
The medical car saw this and moved on. And then a show is shown where poor Hamilton is suddenly injured.
Despite getting out of his car seemed innocuous – Hamilton has since revealed we willAs a specialist over the next few weeks ‘just to make sure’ he is fit to race at the Russian Grand Prix.
The accident happened when Verstappen hit the curb at Turn 2 (above) – causing his car to fly into the air and land on Hamilton
They survived but Verstappen was awarded a three-place grid penalty and two penalty points.
Although some have questioned the motives behind the decision to see an expert because he was well enough to attend the Met Gala alongside model and influencer Janet Guzman – who currently boasts 1.9 million Instagram followers. and manages an OnlyFans account.
Still, Hamilton said: ‘I will need to see a specialist to make sure I am good for the next race as my neck is getting tighter and tighter.
‘I’ve been running for a long, long time, so I’m very grateful that I’m still here. We are taking risks and when you experience something like this, that’s when you look at life and see how fragile we all are.’
The defending world champion also admitted he was grateful for the car’s halo – saying it ‘saved me and my neck’.
Verstappen (left) criticized for leaving Hamilton without checking that he is okay
Hamilton says he felt ‘very lucky’ to be here after his halo saved him and ‘his neck’
Hamilton said: ‘Thank God for the hello that saved me and saved my neck. I am feeling very lucky today.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever been hit on the head by a car before. And this is quite shocking for me. If you look at the images, my head is actually quite forward. His rear wheel aura and the inner part of his tire hit my head.’
Ironically, Hamilton was critical of “Halo” before its debut three years ago. ‘The worst looking revision in Formula One history,’ he said before its introduction in 2018. ‘I hope I am given the option of not using it because I will not.’
Marco also acknowledged the importance of Halo – crediting it for making sure things ‘fix’.
‘Even though I was skeptical at first,’ he said, ‘I must admit, just like a fire accident, Halo was decisive in making sure things turned out so well.’
Marko has also referred to Hamilton as a bit ‘dramatic’ – claiming that he went overboard on the play at the Dutch Grand Prix (which Verstappen won).
Nevertheless, Marko has previously referred to Hamilton as a bit ‘dramatic’ – claiming that he went overboard. On drama at the Dutch Grand Prix.
‘It was an incredibly tough and fair race. It was a tough fight from the first to the last lap, said the Red Bull chief.
‘I have to praise not only the Dutch, but also Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. How they behaved – this is how a race should go.
‘Hamilton gets a little dramatic. However, we were also taking a closer look at Mercedes tires and saw that it turned out to be important [Valtteri] Finally Bottas. Overall it was correct.
‘We thought after the second stop we could go through the hard tyres without any problems. Hamilton then launched a vigorous attack, which Max avoided. Then it was just a matter of driving the race home.
Fernando Alonso also hinted at Hamilton’s theatrics – saying the Monza crash was ‘no big deal’ and that it was an ‘unfortunate’ racing incident.
Alpine F1 team driver Fernando Alonso (above) also hinted at Hamilton’s theatrics – saying the Monza crash was ‘no big deal’ and that it was an ‘unfortunate’ racing incident
He also said that the accident was not compared to the climax of his British Grand Prix struggle.
Alonso said: ‘Well, they are the two champions, and they are always fighting to the limit.
‘It looks like an unfortunate situation, with corners and curbs the car jumps a little, and then they touch up. Tires with tires, and rubber blows up the car.
‘But it’s low speed, you know, they go at 30 or 40 km/h, there’s no danger, nothing.
‘So I don’t think it was a big deal. At Silverstone it probably was, but it was just a racing incident.
‘I think Lewis tried to open at Turn 1 to force Max to cut a corner. Max didn’t cut a corner, he stayed on the outside, but then it was not possible to turn 2 on the inside.
Hamilton (above) controversially won the race at Silverstone after the crash
‘I think they both … they both did what they had to do.
‘You know, and unfortunately, they touched, because … I also saw the replay of the opening, and (Antonio) Giovinazzi and (Charles) Leclerc, they touched in the same way, and (Lance) Stroll and (Sergio) Perez Bari – Touched each other equally in turn 1 and 2.
‘But he did not touch wheel to wheel, but tire to tire. So that’s not what happened. But it’s a very specific maneuver [in] Turn 1, Turn 2, and they’ve been unlucky [to] Touch wheel to wheel.’