Marko reckons Red Bull forced Hamilton’s engine failure

Date published: October 5 2016

After Lewis Hamilton suffered an engine blow-out while leading the Malaysian Grand Prix, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko claimed it was the pressure from Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen that caused it.

Hamilton was coasting comfortably with a 20-second lead in Sepang and 16 laps remaining, however, once the Brit suffered an engine failure, Ricciardo pounced and took the lead.

The Aussie driver went on to win the race and formed part of Red Bull’s first one-two victory since 2013.

Marko, though, claimed that the Austrian-based outfit made their own luck.

“My guess is that we very likely forced him into that engine failure!” he 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.”