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Cars McLaren: Helmut Markos reproach is nonsense

18:05  02 may  2021
18:05  02 may  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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has McLaren driver Lando Norris in the Qualifying to Portugal Grand Prix in Portimao deliberately red-bull Driver max disabled? This is the accusation of the Red-Bull-Sportschef Helmut Marko at 'ServusTV' in the direction of McLaren: "Lando Norris man says he should not do Max no favor. Very sporty, the Mercedes-Riege."

The original report of McLaren to Norris had indeed lauted: "Do not do Him Any Favours." Or to German: "Do not please him." The sentence was followed by information that stages are behind Norris and would start a quick round. And because McLaren is a Mercedes customer team, Marko seems to make a complant against Red Bull.

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McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl is decisive with 'Sky' to this reproach and says, "We only drive the qualifying and race only for ourselves. It It does not matter to us with which car we get together on the track somewhere. "

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I did not want to hinder stages, certainly not deliberately. "In the end, we said Lando - just like Daniel [Ricciardo], and how it also makes all other teams - on the start-finish just to take care that you do not help to other cars by giving them windshadows. That's what happened here "Seidl explains.

Later, Norris stood even generously made space so that he could continue his fast round undisturbed. "Lando could not have been smaller there," says Seidl. "He definitely did not stand in the way."

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This also sees Norris himself like this: "No idea what I should have done wrong. I'm sure I was far before him. Then I have overtaken him over. I was far right, on the other side of the track, so Slowly, as it was just. I did my best to not stand in the way. "

He had "certainly not blocked," says the McLaren driver. "It never got so tight." On the other hand, he did not notice how the complaint was exactly formulated by Red Bull.

team boss Seidl respects Markos opinion, but ...

Seidl does not want to make the situation bigger than she is actually and says, "I think the whole excitement is only created by the interview of Helmut Marko, which I very treasures After the session. Despite his long career in motorsport is nice to see that after qualifying, he is still so passionate and emotional. "

and that, especially since the radio message to Norris had been played time-delayed and did not stood directly in direct connection to the live image at the moment.

Either way: He respect Marko's opinion, says Seidl. And it's "nice to see that the nerves are a bit of blank between Mercedes and Red Bull. Hopefully we can take advantage of one or the other time this year."

also Mercedes team boss Wolff reacts

also Mercedes-Sportschef Toto Wolff demonstrates a conspiracy of the Mercedes teams against Red Bull and says at 'Sky', judged to Marko: "He is not the doctor, he's the 'Grumpy'! "

This English term can be translated with "grumpy" or "grantile". Wolff also complements: "You can not be so bitter, it's about you and once for you. If you see the world-violation, it does not make life very much."

and in the joke Wolff still puts a small verbal broadside against his Austrian Landsmann Marko: "He is our strongest weapon at Red Bull!"

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