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F1 Malaysian GP: Marko: Red Bull forced Hamilton engine failure

Red Bull's Helmut Marko says unrelenting pressure Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen applied was a cause of Lewis Hamilton's engine blowout.
Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says the unrelenting pressure both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen applied to Lewis Hamilton forced his Mercedes engine failure as the team swept to its first 1-2 since Brazil 2013.

With Hamilton holding a commanding 20-second lead with 16 laps remaining the defending F1 world champion suffered heartbreak when his Mercedes engine gave up to force him into a rare retirement.

As a result, Ricciardo swept into the lead and had enough pace in the pocket to keep clear of team-mate Verstappen as the pair secured a memorable 1-2 finish.

Marko, who has taken great pride in the success similar to when Verstappen was promoted from Toro Rosso under his advice and the Dutch teenager claimed a maiden F1 win on his first outing with the team in May, says the pressure and intensity of the chasing Red Bulls had a contributing factor to the result and feels more credit should be given to the team rather than luck.

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“My guess is that we very likely forced him into that engine failure!” Marko told Formula1.com. “We permanently put pressure on him, challenging his lead, as he knew he had to create a gap – and to go permanently full throttle was probably not the best thing for his engine.

“But even without him retiring we had some things up our sleeves – I will not say what – just that with both cars on different strategies we would have challenged him anyway towards the end of the race.”

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richard

October 04, 2016 6:35 PM

mrfill: I wonder how much pressure can be applied to a driver 20 seconds ahead with 16 laps to go. Even losing 1.2 seconds a lap still gives a win. Fanciful waffle from the Doctor....
ridiculous comment. lulu needed to be over 24 secs ahead as he was having to make a pit stop. (paddy lowe and toto both confirmed that!) that is why the team told him to up his pace. it was calculated that during his stop, both ricciardo and mad max would have passed him. ok, he would then be on new tyres, but we all know that the merc is not good following others. max could have backed him up to ensure ricciardo won. markos comment has a certain ring of truth to it, if a little over hyped.



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