Helmut Marko enjoys the world title won by Max Verstappen. Dietrich Mateschitz’s Austrian consultant exalts the role of the Dutch driver, so much so that he compares him to the greatness of Ayrton Senna.
In the interview granted to Gazzetta dello Sport, it is interesting that Helmut, usually a “bomber” due to the harsh candor of his opinions, defends the position of Michael Masi, race director who ended up in the meat grinder after the decisions taken at the end of the GP of Abu Dhabi who decided the world championship.
Max Verstappen celebrates the world championship with the whole team in Milton Keynes
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“Verstappen I will draw close to Senna”
The vision on Max is almost courtly… “He has many strengths but in particular the fact that he doesn’t need to warm up: he gets on the track and immediately goes fast, even in the wet or on a new circuit like in Jeddah. Its other quality is its remarkable aggressiveness: if there is the slightest opportunity to overcome, it does not let it slip away. And then it has a simply unbelievable natural speed. In the dry lap he reminds me of Senna. It goes beyond the limits of the machine. Here he looks a lot like Ayrton, the only one of the greats I approach him ”.
Marko applauds Mercedes’ decision not to have carried out the appeal that would have brought the world outcome to a court… “I’m just saying that Mercedes made a great gesture to renounce the appeal. Hamilton was undoubtedly unlucky in Abu Dhabi, but we were unlucky in Silverstone, Budapest and Baku. These are the races. I understand their displeasure. Now it is up to the FIA, to the new president to work on a system that helps Michael Masi because he cannot do everything alone ”.
Michael Masi with Stefano Domenicali, F1 boss
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Masi has too much weight on his shoulders
Red Bull, therefore, calls on Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the new president of the FIA, to keep Masi in charge of the GPs without carrying out a spoil system… “Yes, the system just needs to be revised, there is too much weight on the shoulders. Additionally, team principals and team managers should not be allowed to talk to Masi during the race. Then the rules should be simplified. The commissioners have made a lot of decisions this year that have displeased us and Mercedes in turn. Uniformity of judgment must be established “.
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