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Helmut Marko: “Verstappen is definitely faster than Hamilton”

Race winner Liam Lawson of New Zealand and Hitech Grand Prix speaks with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in parc ferme during Sprint Race 1 of Round 1:Sakhir of the Formula 2 Championship at Bahrain International Circuit on March 27, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen has better car control than Lewis Hamilton. It is up to Red Bull to give him a car capable of proving that to the world. Hamilton is leading the championship having bagged the point for the fastest lap at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

“The two will decide the title among themselves,” Marko told F1-Insider.com. “They are at eye level but way ahead of everyone else. If we can keep on delivering a car that will keep up with Mercedes, Max can do it. In any case, it will be extremely exciting.”

This season is the first time Formula 1 has the joy of watching Verstappen take on Hamilton in equal machinery. Red Bull’s RB16B and its high-rake philosophy is proving to be a match for Mercedes’ W12.

“When it comes to car control and speed, Max is definitely ahead,” Marko stated. “But Lewis has more experience. That is still in the balance at the moment. Max learns something new with every race. He is still young. Mistakes are more likely to happen, even if they become fewer and fewer.”


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