Helmut Marko Calls For A One Race Ban For Hamilton After Verstappen Crash – WTF1

Helmut Marko Calls For A One Race Ban For Hamilton After Verstappen Crash

Well, there’s no shortage of controversy and debate about what happened in the British Grand Prix. Even after receiving a 10-second penalty for the first lap contact with Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton won the race.

For Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko, that was not enough of a punishment. He’s called for Hamilton to receive a race ban.

Speaking to Sky Germany after the crash, Marko explained how “you can’t do that with the normal sporting code”.

“I don’t know what the maximum penalty would be, but such dangerous and reckless behaviour should be punished with a suspension or something.

“If a competitor massively touches our rear wheel with his front wheel, then that’s no longer a racing accident in the fastest corner of the course. That is negligent to dangerous behaviour.”

Team principal Christian Horner didn’t hold back any punches after the race either and has questioned the legitimacy of Hamilton’s victory.

“I’m just very disappointed that a driver of his calibre should make such a move like that,” he told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

“It’s dangerous, he’s put a competitor, it looked desperate, and he’s put a competitor, thank goodness uninjured, he’s put in the hospital getting himself checked out.

“I don’t care what Lewis says. Have a look on your own analysis. Draw your own comparison. For me, that’s a hollow victory.”

When asked if he felt the 10-second penalty was enough, he responded, “It wasn’t much of a penalty really, was it?”

Do you agree with Marko?

19 thoughts on “Helmut Marko Calls For A One Race Ban For Hamilton After Verstappen Crash

  • Jerónimo Stupenengo says:

    10 seconds is not a penalty, it’s a joke.
    What are they going to do next time Hamilton endangers another driver like that, tell him “Do you promise not to do it ever again” like he’s 3 years old?
    He knew very well what he was doing and deserves a suspension.

  • Marko will soon get over it if he watches the replays more than once, otherwise, he will have to read this or recall when Max Verstappen said, “if I get more questions on my driving I will headbutt someone.”

  • Anthony Schroeder says:

    My own analysis is that Max had tons of room left on the outside and instead yolos/yeets into Lewis (he has a right to try, he doesn’t have a right to it working), so this whole thing is pure racing incident.

    You know what wasn’t a racing incident… Max running Lewis off track at Imola, but clearly that wasn’t treated the same way, even though in that instance Lewis was actually ahead going into the corner and Max leaves 0 room at all, blatantly disregarding the rules.

    Now I’m all fine if we want to let drivers race, but if anyone wants to cry foul, Red Bull has 0 right to it.

  • I agree that lewis needs more of a punishment for his actions. this race was not oke. and then the way he acted afterwards was beyond disgusting imo

  • Emotional. Cry. Babies.

    2/4 of the pure wheel to wheel races this year, max had been super aggressive and forced Lewis of the track.

    Practice what you preach.

    I wonder who coined the term ‘wheel to wheel’ as clearly this isn’t what F1 is about… at least for Redbull.

    Too much of that dirty drink in their system I take it.

  • *insert Bernie meme*

    I am once again asking Helmut Marko to go fuck himself.

    Was it worth a penalty? Yes. Is it worth a penalty point on his license? Possibly. Should they throw out the points system and hand Lewis a ban because Helmut is a shit? I think not.

  • Officer : Hey, you pushed someone of the road and he’s in a hospital!!
    Me : Oh, what’s my penalty?
    Officer : Wait for 10 seconds at the next gas station!!
    Me : Gee thanks! See ya in two weeks 😃

  • A race ban? That’s a bit much, perhaps. But with your main rival out of the race, your team mate moving over because of team orders, and the only remaining obstacle left being Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari with engine troubles the 10-second penalty isn’t a real penalty at all. Hamilton won the race, and celebrated extravagantly while Verstappen was still in the hospital. Anyway, it reduced the gap between Hamilton and Verstappen in the driver’s championship from 33 points to 8, and the gap between Red Bull and Mercedes in the constructors championship back from to 44 to 4. If Mercedes can repeat this in Hungary they’ll have a strong lead in both championships.

  • Someone needs to get this bozo under control. As of now except for totalling many a drivers’ career I don’t see any plus in having this old man in the F1 paddock

  • Joshua Giuliani says:

    I’m so over Hamilton. Just retire already, mate. We get it, you hate losing and you’re a great driver. Just retire so F1 can move on (or have a few bad races/seasons) so we can celebrate the up and coming talent on the grid.


  • Steven Bremer says:

    I am in agreement that the penalty was not harsh enough. I love the wheel to wheel racing but this move was down right dangerous.

  • Phillip Watters says:

    I think the penalty definitely wasn’t enough. It should have been a drive-thru or ten-second stop-go penalty. It was a really stupid dangerous move, especially for a multiple world champion. We could easily have seen Verstappen’s last race. Fortunately not. I think Christian Horner was right, after the race, when he said “I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.” He sent a competitor to the hospital and got a slap on the wrist.

  • chris vincent says:

    Verstappen too aggressive and not just in this race. He’s had too much of his own way for too long and clearly now expects it

    He made 2 movements in the turn, the second when he knew Hamilton was there, yet he still went for the apex.

    It’s no wonder Red Bull have been so busy blowing smoke up everybodies backside – they know this has been coming but want to defend their man, put pressure on the oppo and create a siege mentality.

    Marko and Horner need advise Verstappen better before HE put himself or another driver in the bone yard.

    Racing incident for me with Hamilton always likely to have take the PR penalty.

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