Red Bull Chief Mark casts doubt on Hamilton’s ability to challenge Verstappen

Red Bull Chief Helmut Marko has unveiled later last week that Lewis Hamilton “can’t drive at this level much longer,”

by Sourav D
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Red Bull Chief Mark casts doubt on Hamilton’s ability to challenge Verstappen

Red Bull Chief Helmut Marko said in an interview in the final day of this year’s first F1 pre-season test in Barcelona that the Mercedes’ legend Lewis Hamilton, “can’t drive at this level much longer,” as he touted age would definitely come into play for the 37-year-old Briton with Verstappen getting stronger and more experienced.

As the F1 rivals had rounded off the pre-season test in Barcelona, all eyes look forward to Bahrain Gran Prix which is scheduled to begin on March 20. Aside from that, latest comment from Red Bull boss came forth just weeks after FIA race director Masi was ousted due to his failure to complete the last season’s title decider in Abu Dhabi according to FIA rulebook, which eventually had added to a dark spot on Verstappen’s podium given Masi’s aid to overtake Hamilton before the Briton was leading the line.

Nonetheless, although, the disputed victory in Abu Dhabi had costed Hamilton his eighth championship title, the ousting of Masi also had poured fresh scorns on Verstappen’s triumph in Abu Dhabi GP.

Red Bull boss said Hamilton can’t keep challenging Verstappen

With Hamilton scoring the best lap time in the final day of Barcelona preseason test with Verstappen half a second back, still, no specific title contender has yet to emerge considering the FIA’s new rulebook to manage races alongside the new F1 cars, which were designed to improve competitiveness.

Nevertheless, smarter money has been on Mercedes’ Hamilton and Red Bull’s 24-year-old Verstappen despite impressive pre-season lap times from McLaren and Ferrari. Meanwhile, expressing sheer belief and optimism over Verstappen, Red Bull’s Marko said in an interview with an Austrian outlet OE24, “Hamilton delivered an incredible second half of the season.

I can hardly imagine he can drive at this level for much longer. He's at his zenith now, age is slowly coming into play”. Red Bulls and Mercedes have been sharing each season’s title since 2009 with McLaren and Ferrari gradually bringing up the rear.

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