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Hamilton told us to drop Gasly, says Marko

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09/09/2020

Speaking in the wake of the Belgian Grand Prix, in a move most might find unwarranted, Lewis Hamilton suggested that Red Bull needed a stronger partner for Max Verstappen, claiming that the lack of another regular, high-point scorer was compromising the Austrian team in its battle with Mercedes for the Constructors' Championship.

A week later, and following his popular win at Monza, the world champion threw his weight behind Gasly, insisting that it was unfair the Frenchman "wasn't given the time to develop" at Red Bull.

"He's now gone to the B-team and now he's beat the A-team from the B-team," he said. "That puts a big smile on my face because I think he truly deserves it. He deserves a place back in the top team.

"It's a great result for that team also," he added. "It's a young top three. Not the best of days for me but I still enjoyed it."

However, according to Marko, it was Hamilton who suggested dropping Gasly in the first place last year.

"The truth is Lewis spoke to our team boss Christian Horner on the plane and recommended that Albon be put in the car instead of Gasly," he told Sport1.de. "That was before the swap was carried out by us after the summer break.

"The one he wanted to get rid of last summer has now won the Italian Grand Prix with our AlphaTauri team... so much for his expertise!" added the Austrian.

"I have no idea why Hamilton always feels compelled to get involved, but it doesn't matter to us what opinion people from the outside have."

While Gasly also believes that he has earned the right to return to Red Bull, Marko insists that this is not currently on the agenda.

"These are not our plans," said the Austrian. "We want to make AlphaTauri even stronger in the future and that includes Gasly, they need a strong team leader."

Referring to Alex Albon, he said: "Everyone falls away against Max. But the criticism of Albon is not entirely fair, he was unlucky this year and we made strategic mistakes that affected his performance."

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1. Posted by Vinodh Moodley, 10/09/2020 13:23

"@Hobgoblin Agreed. That story makes no sense. So Hamilton tells them to get rid of a driver and they just obey? More like they realize now that it was a mistake and need someone to blame besides themselves. They’ll probably blame Hamilton for getting rid of JEV, Webber, Ricciardo... I’m starting to see a pattern and I somehow don’t think it’s got anything to do with Hamilton. "

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2. Posted by Hobgoblin, 10/09/2020 11:47

"So a man who is never, EVER, wrong is now taking advice from a rival team's driver...

Ok.."

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3. Posted by CL, 10/09/2020 9:46

"Would love to know if Hamilton just volunteered his opinion or if it was part of a discussion or in response to a question. This feels like Marko being a sensationalist tabloid journalist."

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4. Posted by Redphyve, 10/09/2020 7:39

"Quite honestly...I have no respect for Marko...he is a treacherous back-stabbing exploiter with loyalty to no employee or team...he is an ass. "

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5. Posted by Great_white_shark, 09/09/2020 22:29

"I am at a loss for words. Helmut is simply unbelievable "

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6. Posted by The edge, 09/09/2020 18:23

"😂it’s lucky Lewis didn’t suggest Marko jumped of a cliff at the same time

I must say, the war of words between the top 3 teams has reached a new level this year, I guess they’re just making up for the lack of battle on track by creating a battle off-track instead

Lewis has worked especially hard at trying to de-stabilise Redbull ever since the ban on engine modes, I hope there’s more to come 😉"

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