Red Bull’s Helmut Marko takes aim at Mercedes as FIA look into rule break – ‘Astonishing’

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Red Bull chief Helmut Marko believes it is ‘astonishing’ how much the F1 deck has been stacked against his team this season. Mercedes complained about rear wing movement on their rivals’ car which saw a new test introduced by the FIA.

Max Verstappen is leading Lewis Hamilton by 32 points going into the British Grand Prix this weekend.

Red Bull have complained about front wing movement on the Mercedes and are waiting to hear back from the FIA on their investigation.

Marko insists it is obvious as you can see the wing bending on TV coverage.

“We have forwarded our concerns and the video clips that clearly show how this wing bends downwards to the FIA,” Marko told Motorsport Total.

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“That is in the hands of the FIA, and we are not interfering to exert any pressure.

“We hope that it will be given due attention.”

Marko went on to label it ‘astonishing’ what Red Bull have had to contend with and has slammed Mercedes for their behaviour.

He added: “It is the multitude of things that are rolled up against us that is a bit astonishing. But slowly it shoots back.

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“And the media also perceive it as we see it, namely that you feel in this way himself in the role of the unsportsmanlike loser.”

Verstappen is looking to end the era of dominance for Mercedes which has seen Hamilton become a seven-time world champion.

The Silver Arrows will look to fight back though at a circuit they have traditionally been strong at this weekend.

For the first time a qualifying sprint race will take place on Saturday to decide the grid on Sunday at Silverstone.

Traditional qualifying will happen on Friday to form the grid for the 100km race.

Hamilton will hope Valtteri Bottas can improve his performance and help Mercedes bridge the gap to Red Bull in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.

Williams driver George Russell has been linked with a switch to the Silver Arrows next season.

Hamilton has already been confirmed after he signed a new two-year contract at Mercedes to keep him at the team until the end of 2023.

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