Marko confused: Hamilton told us to put Albon in the car

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Helmut Marko said he was confused by Lewis Hamilton’s criticism of Alex Albon who “called us several times last year” to say that the Thai driver should be promoted.

As Mercedes won the 1-2 at the Belgian Grand Prix and once again joined on the podium by Max Verstappen, Hamilton weighed in on the situation for Red Bull drivers.

According to the Briton, Albon is dropping the team because he is “not there”, leaving Verstappen to carry the team.

“What you have to do with the Red Bulls is they have a really good car,” the six-time World Champion told Sky F1.

“People play it down but they have a very solid car and Max does a great job with it.

“Unfortunately, the two pilots are not there like me and Valtteri [Bottas] are there.

“It makes it harder for them. I experienced this myself many years ago when I was at McLaren and I was still the driver up front.

“I didn’t have the back-up teammate so you don’t get the constructors points either, but you can’t play strategy on the cars you drive again either.

“So Red Bull has that and Max is kind of there on his own.

“Of course I really really want to fight, but it’s not about me and I just have to keep doing what I’m doing.

Red Bull adviser Marko said he was surprised Hamilton tried Albon since he didn’t call Red Bull once, but “several times” last season, telling them to promote Albon in. the senior team.

“I don’t quite understand that,” the Austrian told Sky Germany at Monza. “Hamilton called us several times last year to tell us to put Albon in the car.

“These statements are not entirely understandable to me. ”

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Hamilton’s criticism of Albon could also be characterized as unfair given that the Thai-British driver’s two best opportunities to score a podium, the 2019 Brazilian GP and 2020 Austrian GP, ​​were taken away from him by the British driver who hit him late in the races.

Marko has defended his rider again, but Albon is on the right track after qualifying three tenths behind his teammate at the Monza circuit on Saturday.

“He improved his performance,” he continued. “Three tenths on Max Verstappen is something to achieve.

As for Albon, he’s already made it clear that he won’t take Hamilton’s criticism to heart.

“I’m obviously not here to make excuses, but at least Spa hasn’t been a bad weekend,” he told Sky F1 ahead of the Italian GP weekend.

“I want more, I’m the toughest person on myself. I know the hard work is done between me and the team, but it’s just a work in progress.

“I won’t listen to what Lewis has to say, but I know it’s the hard work at the factory and here that is going to make the difference.

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