In an interview with Motorsport.com, Marko admitted, “I never believed that we could come back for qualifying the way that we did. We lost in FP3 half a second just in sector three, so it was some sort of motivation also."
Reflecting on the bet, Marko acknowledged the exceptional work of the engineers and Verstappen's stellar performance.
He remarked, “I'm very happy that our engineers did a fantastic job to make the right adjustments, and also that Max in the end delivered. I should have known Max!”
Verstappen, amused by Marko's financial loss, emphasised, “First of all, I think Helmut learned his lesson: never bet against me.”
He highlighted the challenges they faced in finding the right setup for the car and commended the team's perseverance. "GP [Gianpiero Lambiase] stayed calm and definitely went through a lot of options. And then with my feedback, he came up with a very good set-up for qualifying,” Verstappen added.
When Marko was pressed on Verstappen's remark about not betting against him again, he concurred, stating, "Unfortunately, he's right."
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