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‘They put on a show that Hamilton is injured’: Red Bull chief accuses Lewis FAKING his injuries

‘They put on a show that Hamilton is injured’: Red Bull chief accuses Lewis FAKING his injuries

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‘They put on a show that poor Hamilton is injured’: Red Bull chief accuses Lewis and Mercedes of FAKING his injuries from terrifying crash with Max Verstappen and ‘pulling up stories’ to blame them

  • Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton and his team of faking his injuries
  • Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided in an incident at Monza last weekend
  • The Red Bull advisor believes that Mercedes are ‘pulling up stories’ for ‘show’
  • Although he does admit that the Halo was responsible for saving Hamilton  

By Charlotte Daly For Mailonline

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team of faking the injuries he sustained from last week’s Italian Grand Prix crash with Max Verstappen.  

Hamilton and Verstappen were involved in a serious accident at the Variante del Rettifilo in Monza. The British driver left the pit-lane on lap 26 of 52 and met Verstappen – who had dropped further back following a slow 11.1 second pit-stop.

The pair headed into Turn 1 side by side before Verstappen drove over the raised kerb on Turn 2, causing his car to fly into the air and land on top of Hamilton.  

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has accused Lewis Hamilton and his team of faking his injuries

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Max Verstappen (right) were involved in a serious accident at the Variante del Rettifilo in Monza on Sunday afternoon

The Brit left the pit-lane on lap 26 and met Verstappen. They headed into Turn 1 side-by-side before Verstappen drove over the kerb – causing his car to fly into the air and land on Hamilton

Verstappen was subsequently given a three-place grid penalty and two penalty points. He also received criticism for walking away from Hamilton without checking he was ok. 

However, Marko believes the narrative surrounding the crash and Verstappen is unjust. He claims Hamilton’s team have ‘put on a show’ to point the finger at the Dutchman.   

Speaking to the Osterreich newspaper, Marko said: ‘It was a normal racing accident. All the stories around it were pulled up by the hair by Mercedes.

‘Verstappen had already got out when Hamilton tried to go back to get out of the gravel. 

The rear of the Red Bull car brushed over the top of Hamilton’s helmet – with the seven-time world champion crediting his halo for saving his life (above) 

They survived but Verstappen was given a three-place grid penalty and two penalty points

‘The medical car saw that and drove on. And then a show is put on that poor Hamilton is suddenly injured.’

Despite exiting his car seemingly unharmed – Hamilton has since revealed we will see a specialist over the next few weeks ‘just to make sure’ he’s fit to race at the Russian Grand Prix.    

‘I will need to see a specialist to make sure I am good for the next race because my neck is getting tighter and tighter.

‘I have been racing a long, long time, so I am so grateful I am still here. We are taking risks and it is only when you experience something like this that you look at life and see how fragile we all are.’

The reigning world champion also admitted he was thankful for the car’s Halo – saying it saved ‘me and my neck.’  

He said: ‘Thank God for the halo which saved me and saved my neck. I feel very fortunate today.

‘I don’t think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before. And it is quite a shock for me. If you look at the images, my head is really quite far forward. His rear wheel landed on the halo and the inside part of his tyre landed on my head.’

Verstappen (above) was criticised for walking away from Hamilton without checking he was ok

Hamilton (right) has revealed we will see a specialist over the next few weeks ‘just to make sure’ he’s fit to race at the Russian Grand Prix 

Ironically, Hamilton was a critic of the ‘halo’ ahead of its introduction three years ago. ‘The worst-looking modification in Formula One history,’ he said prior to its introduction in 2018. ‘I hope I am given the option of not using it because I won’t.’ 

Despite his criticisms Hamilton and his team, the Red Bull advisor does acknowledge that it was Halo that ensured things ‘turned out’.      

‘Even if I was sceptical at first,’ he said, ‘I have to admit just like in the fire accident, the Halo was decisive in ensuring that things turned out so well.’ 

The protective halo device attached to Hamilton’s car prevented him from suffering a serious injury. 

Speaking after the crash, the reigning world champion admitted he was thankful for it saving ‘me and my neck.’

He said: ‘Thank God for the halo which saved me and saved my neck. I feel very fortunate today.

‘I don’t think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before. And it is quite a shock for me. If you look at the images, my head is really quite far forward. His rear wheel landed on the halo and the inside part of his tyre landed on my head.’ 

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September 15, 2021 at 02:09PM

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