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Red Bull chief apologizes for initial view on Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton incident

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Red Bull director Helmut Marko apologized and admitted that he was wrong to suggest it Max Verstappen no front brake Lewis Hamilton at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The controversial and dramatic breakdown between rivals in the Formula One championship came when Verstappen was ordered to give up the race lead to Hamilton after pushing the Mercedes wide after an attack from the seven-year-old driver. world championship.

Verstappen slowed down on a straight line and suddenly braked in front of Hamilton, who get in the back of his Red Bull car. Both drivers suffered damage from the collision but Hamilton was able to regain the lead and win a third race in a row and tied with Verstappen at the top of the drivers’ standings. .

Immediately after the race, in which Verstappen was also penalized for 5 seconds, Marko announced that Red Bull has been “treated unfairly”.

“We’re working to prove Max’s brake pressure doesn’t go up when he collides with Hamilton,” he added. “Hamilton simply guessed wrong and drove into Max’s car. Unfortunately, that left two big cuts in our rear tyres. That’s why we can’t attack anymore.”

Verstappen was later fined 10 seconds after both drivers were called to the manager after the race and Marko has now backed down from his initial stance on the incident.

“At the time of the televised interview, I was passing on exactly the same information that I had previously received from the engineers,” says Marko. F1 Insider.

“Obviously they weren’t right, so I apologize.”

Verstappen and Hamilton head into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finishing second this weekend with points after one of the most dramatic and unpredictable F1 seasons in recent memory.

Verstappen must be ahead of Hamilton to win his first F1 title and Marko said the Dutchman will have enough speed to compete at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.

Marko added: “Hopefully the sad chapter of Saudi Arabia is over.

“In any case, we are just looking ahead. We want to win in Abu Dhabi and so let’s win the title. We will do anything for this, but we will not commit any unjust actions.

“In Saudi Arabia, we had the pace to keep up with Hamilton. The track in Abu Dhabi should suit us better. ”

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