Red Bull Racing blasts Hamilton after F1 revolution – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has slammed 7 time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton’s behaviour this winter, blaming him for Michael Masi’s departure.
After a thrilling season, Lewis Hamilton lost the title on the last lap of the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was a disappointment that he found hard to take and which caused him to remain silent for many weeks, to the point of casting doubt on his future in Formula 1.
At the same time, the FIA has made huge changes, starting with the departure of Michael Masi, F1’s race director, who was heavily criticised for his handling of the safety car regime in Abu Dhabi. And for Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s advisor and head of the young drivers’ programme, Lewis Hamilton is responsible for the departure.
“Michael Masi was just sacrificed for all of this”
“There were clear indications that Hamilton would not stop driving because there was no movement in the driver market,” explains Marko,
“If Hamilton had informed Mercedes that he would stop, they would have started looking for a replacement and it would have been quickly discovered. However, this was not the case. Or maybe it was not noticeable.
“By his silence, Lewis wanted to show his dissatisfaction with the situation and the decisions. This behaviour, or at least part of it, led to Masi’s dismissal. I don’t think that’s fair.
“You have to look at his performance over the years. If Masi had had everything the FIA is now going to have at his disposal, it would have been easier for him to decide, with a video referee and an advisor at his side.
“Michael Masi has just been sacrificed for all that,” concludes Marko.