Dec.8 - Dr Helmut Marko has issued a rare apology after denying that Max Verstappen performed a 'brake test' on championship rival Lewis Hamilton in Saudi Arabia.

"I refute this manoeuvre that Hamilton complained about," said the Red Bull official immediately after last Sunday's highly controversial race.

"According to our data engineer, the brake pressure always stayed the same. Hamilton simply miscalculated," Marko added.

However, the stewards found differently. Telemetry showed that Dutchman Verstappen actually "braked suddenly and significantly" with 69 bar of pressure.

The deceleration, the FIA officials added before issuing yet another penalty for the 24-year-old driver, was no less than 2.4G.

Ralf Schumacher told Sky Deutschland that braking on a straight is one of the most dangerous things a Formula 1 driver can do.

"Imagine it at high speeds. This is very, very dangerous and the punishment was too mild.

"Verstappen must reconsider his behaviour in this regard," the German added.

"I appreciate his emotions and his unconditional drive to become world champion, but he has to hold back a bit. Max has done so well this year that it would be a real shame if he ended it in a negative way."

78-year-old Marko duly issued an apology for denying the brake-test ever took place.

"At the time of the television interview, I passed on exactly the information that I had previously received from the engineers," he told Sport1.

"That obviously wasn't right, so I'm sorry."

The Austrian says the contentious penultimate round of the ultra-intense 2021 title battle was a "sad chapter" that is "hopefully now closed".

"In any case, we're just looking ahead," said Marko. "We want to win in Abu Dhabi and thus take the title.

"We will do everything for this, but we will not do any unfair actions. In Saudi Arabia we already had the pace to keep up with Hamilton, and the track in Abu Dhabi should be more suited to us."


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28 F1 Fan comments on “Marko apologises for denying 'brake test' in last GP

  1. Jax

    😂😂
    Quote: "Even Verstappen’s unflappable race engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase, sounded weary when, just moments after being told to allow Hamilton through “strategically”, he hit the brakes and let his arch-nemesis smash into the back of him. “Max, you didn’t need to do that,” he sighed, like a careworn father." End quote.
    Marko throwing his engineers under the bus with another lie to cover previous lie. Lol. What a joke.

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  2. shroppyfly

    Wow the engineer said all that.....? Tip for posters , learn what a quote Actually is, it will help to remove the moment of looking silly for them .

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Yeah, form is to attribute a quote when you pass it on. Ah those diesel fumes. He is correct, though, about the doc fading his stupid comment in the face of real data. Ahh, verifiable facts and data.....try them folks.

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  3. f1award

    What's worrying is if MV is prepared to apply the brakes mid 200mph corner in the penultimate race what will he do in the last race, pack a shotgun?
    The move was potentially lethal, should've receive a 10 place penalty at least otherwise he'll just drive into LH at the start of race and spoil an otherwise excellent season.

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    • True Post

      I see that you continue to live in your imaginary world, now that's sad, but whatever makes you happy.

      As for the ten place penalty suggestion, a genius like you should have already figured out that the stewards' were self-limited to 10 seconds, which is what the dished out to Lewis when he made a truly POTENTIALLY LETHAL move on Max at the British GP.

      As for the 200mph corner story, clearly there is no hope...

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      • ReallyOldRacer

        Spot on. Nice to see someone who is rules savvy. As for "potentially lethal", the kid made a mandatory visit to the doc shop for evaluation due to high g-force. Fact is, every visit to the cockpit is potentially lethal. Whether or not anyone admits it, or even realises it, that's part of the rush.

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      • f1award

        Silverstone, moving on and back to story. MV braked where they'd normally be doing 200 mph, something a couple of days ago you denied had happened. Oh and he'd also started to slow down on the corner, idiot.
        As to the penalty, the stewards could have given anything for dangerous driving but effectively gave him nothing, same as all his offensives on that day.
        FalsePost living up to his title, again!

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  4. ReallyOldRacer

    Even the doc fesses up. Now will you VERpimps please sign off? Second, this was on a straight, not in a corner. Time to admit the knight also screwed the pooch by being up his gearbox while they were both downshifting and slowing. He could have slow-rolled the kid just as easily offline. And please, morons, this had no resemblance to 'stone.

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  5. Jinksta187

    We can all moan about Max’s driving as much as we like but the fact remains, things would be a bit boring without him in it.

    I totally respect Lewis for being the driver that he is and for what he has accomplished but hopefully we can all agree that there is no fun in watching any driver win by a country mile in a faster car (more often than not) no matter how good they are.

    It was the same with Michael and Seb. Just gets boring after a while!

    100% Max needs to sort is defending out and he was wrong for hitting the brakes like he did but would we all seriously rather him not be on the grid at all…

    I for one cant wait for the final race and I don’t care who wins so long as its another epic (but hopefully much cleaner) battle.

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Jinksta, the reason for HAM dominance all this time is MB dominance all this time. Otherwise, explain BOT, who many deride as a 2d rate driver, being able to often be the fastest car on track. Equal cars would give you the competition you crave. It is true at all levels, $$$ equal speed. Hopefully, the new design and budget caps will level the field and let the young guns have at it.

      As for the kid, yes, I would rather he not be on the grid. Short braking, blocking and kamikasi dives are, IMO, exciting but not part of top echelon racecraft.

      BTW, if Abu Dhabi is "epic", it won't be because it's clean.

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      • Jinksta187

        I respect what you are saying about team dominance. That is F1 and we all have to accept that but i think it’s unfair to completely write Max off based on one area of weakness in his driving. He is too aggressive and the sport needs to find a way to deal with drivers who defend like he does. But its clear he was born to drive a racing car (as is Lewis). The two of them are in a different league when it comes to outright pace. They have both driven some outstanding races this year.

        But as I said above, I would much rather Lewis win the title and be pushed for it, than Lewis win the title and simply cruise to the finish line (as he has done in the past). Otherwise as with Schumacher, there will always be those that the say the only reason he won so many titles is because of the dominance of the car.

        My point being, if / when he wins the championship, I’m sure you will be one the first to say that he still did it despite the challenges he faced. Without Max, this year would have been another relative walkover and no true F1 fan wants to see that year after year. As you say, lets hope next years rules can re-shape that somewhat.

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        • ReallyOldRacer

          Excellent post and completely valid. I will quibble with one point. I consider the kid's tactics offensive (in every sense), not defensive. Personally, I'd prefer neither of them win. One of them will and so I'll just sit back and enjoy the circus, minus the young lions.

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  6. shroppyfly

    I suspect he was fed up with slowing down for Carl and Carl not overtaking DRS blah blah,and so he thought f88k it , if he wants to follow behind me then so be it, fia this yr terrible with rulings/penalties etc , but the action top notch, f1 doesn't need Carl anymore , not with all the talent on the grid, so i still think, hell retire come what ever after this race, others think differently that's absolutely fine , but ill repeat f1 doesn't need Hamilton anymore to be exciting, and polarizing opinions as he does IMO
    I've got Max winning by 3 seconds on Sunday with Hamish 2nd.

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Shrop', agreed re your Sir Lewis personality review and desire for him to do a Nico. But, the only way he will finish behind the kid this weekend is if he is in the garage or parked trackside. Do I smell a wager?

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      • shroppyfly

        i always think its bad to place bets on f1 championships, i had a nasty moment where i wagered if Schumi wins another, id change my name ( by deed pole for a month) to Manfred von Richthofen -aka the famous red baron, let me tell you that was a difficult month going through German airport customs with that name in your passport, just no sense of humour those border officials .

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      • shroppyfly

        Well wasn't quite 3 sec , more like 2.25, interesting comment when Button said , you'll be back next year, mmmm Lewis said well see ...!!! Is The Knight doing a Nico on afterall ?

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  7. Rory Algate

    Ohhhh it great to see all the moan British flogs supporting LH who is a complete dushe bag.

    Pretty sure on the road if you go up the butt of someone it's a 100% your fault.

    Mercedes stuffed up not telling LH.... Max was just returning some humble pie to Lewis and the whinny British media.

    Good luck Max.... let's hopefully beat the cheating FIA and dushe bag LH.

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    • William Wallace

      Excuse me Rory Algate but I'm pretty sure douchebag is one word and if you break test other drivers that are following you, that is called fraud if they make contact with your car because you initiated the accident. Like your idiot driver max, not only is he a douchebag but it has been proven he brake tested Lewis Hamilton.
      So what we have discovered is that you and max are douchebags because well let’s just face it max is a douchebag and you are an idiott because you just don’t know what you are talking about and you are not keeping up with the news you moron because even that d*ickhe*d helmut marko admitted max brake tested Lewis.
      So before you comment on a subject, make sure you are 100% certain you know what you are talking about, it’s obvious to everyone F1 and spelling is beyond your comprehension.

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      • smokey

        William Wallace, before you are critical of grammar and spelling used by others, I suggest you take some lessons yourself to improve your poor grammar, poor spelling and poor punctuation skills!

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  8. shroppyfly

    Douchebag - a wonderful sounding word that hasn't made its way over to GB

    We can't have everything I suppose, just have to make do with the Knight .

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