Verstappen silenced 'stupid critics' - Marko

Wednesday, 13 juny 2018, 09:31 , by Martin Macdonald

Red Bull boss Helmut Marko believes that Max Verstappen's performance in the Canadian Grand Prix at the weekend in which he secured a third-placed finish has contributed to the Dutchman silencing the "stupid critics" who have been on his back since the start of the 2018 campaign.

Verstappen has had a stuttering start to the season, and has come under criticism for getting involved in a series of on-track collisions, most notably with Sebastian Vettel and his own team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo.

However, a mature performance in Montreal secured him a podium spot, and Marko reckons it will stop the criticism for the moment.

"Generally for the whole team it's a real relief to have both cars in the finish," Marko told Autosport about the Canadian GP.

"One podium, one fourth. And also, for Max, all these stupid critics are stopping.

"He did the best time in practice three times, he qualified third, and he didn't do anything wrong, not one little bit of damage, not even a rim.

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"So that's what we expect from him, and I'm sure there will come more races like that. He delivered, so I think he gave the right answer."

Marko admitted he was pleased with the fact that Verstappen and Ricciardo were competitive despite allegedly the circuit in Canada being more suited to the power of Mercedes and Ferrari.

"You saw the speed, [Daniel] Ricciardo did fastest lap on the last lap [which was later removed because of the chequered flag confusion], and Max was catching dramatically on Bottas," the Red Bull boss continued.

"So maybe we should have attacked a little bit earlier. [But] it looks like overtaking is forbidden [in Montreal]. I think it was the maximum."

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Comments (19)

  • Zach Illi
    Haha nope he definatelly did not. There was some serious banging of tires with bottas. If he was smart he would have tried to avaoid the contact and let him by instead opting to risk the crash where he would lose the most and giving himself the opertunity for a tire failure. Still making bad decisions. I thought forsure that was gunna be the first accident of the race.
  • Philip Vince
    Max is a great driver, I cannot understand the hate. I've watched a lot of racing drivers, remember Hunt the shunt? Ect
  • Robert DeCastro
    There's a reason why Red Bull will not let Vers go. They'll let RIC go..but not Vers...to much potential.
  • Randy Buster
    He silenced nothing with one sane drive - let him continue and we will see.
  • Kristian Finn
    Please take more than that to make people think differently about him #crashstappen
  • João Júlio Manzi
    1 race without crash doesn't conclude anything Max is mediaboy only Stupid Crashtappen
  • Imran Khan
    You cant silence critics by having one good race in 7.
  • Manuel Razo
    Hahaha!! We're only waiting for the next GP or his next crash.
  • Tyler Saulay
    Wow a clean weekend. Well I guess it's all turned around.
  • Michael Hogan
    He was lucky ...... he still hit someone and that was bottas
  • Derik Palmer
    That'll soon change when he crashes another car!
  • David Tan
    1 race without crash doesn't conclude anything
  • Anthony Griffiths
    What because he's actually finished a race?
  • Mike Megyesi
    Even a blind squirrel....
  • Leaston Subramany
    Wasnt Marko his critic?
  • Joel Arthur
    Yer momsa stuped critec
  • Dean Wilson
    One race.......

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