Mercedes has not driven an illegal car this season after the Brazilian Grand Prix. That is what Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko said in an interview with the German website Formel1.de.
Marko’s statement is striking. The two teams battled it out this season. Accusations were made over and over again. Red Bull even went so far as to question the legality of the Mercedes W12. This involved the flexible rear wing (with an opening that was too wide for the DRS) and the alleged rocket engine from Lewis Hamilton in Brazil.
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Now that the season has ended, calm has returned and Marko has also calmed down a bit. In conversation with Formel1.de The former driver admits that the FIA has looked critically at Mercedes’ car and that nothing illegal has been found. “So I’m sure everything was legal in the races after Brazil.”
Marko says emphatically ‘after Brazil’, but the race at Interlagos remains a point of contention. Hamilton was hit before the Brazilian race weekend due to an illegal rear wing. In the sprint race he drove from the very back to fifth place. He started the Grand Prix itself from tenth place due to an engine change, but he rode to victory at Interlagos with a great display of power. “The way Hamilton flew past us was unique,” said Marko. “It was just astonishing. There are six Mercedes-powered cars and only Hamilton had such a miracle weapon. But that’s the way it is and we don’t want to accuse anyone of anything.”
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