Lewis Hamilton has got all to do in order to catch up to arch rival Max Verstappen in the Driver’s Standings. With only 5 races to go, it seems like the seven-time world champion has to get all his strategies right in order to finally improve his claim in the title race. However, Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has predicted that the reigning world champion faces further grid penalties from change to his Mercedes power unit in the final five races of the 2021 F1 season.
With Brazil, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi to follow after Mexican GP, Red Bull’s advisor Helmut Marko believes Lewis is going to have to put in a recovery drive after incurring a grid penalty.
Helmut Marko on Lewis Hamilton
“I assume Hamilton will probably get another engine penalty,” Helmut Marko told n-tv. “I don’t know whether it will be five or ten places, but that should definitely be in our favour. I think the pressure is psychologically greater for Mercedes.”
The 78-years-old added, “We had a good 30 points lead at the summer break. Then we had our failures in Silverstone, Budapest and Baku, but in terms of kilometres led and victories, our marginal lead should be bigger. We still have to win two races, that’s clear. If we win the next two, I would rate it as 60 percent for Verstappen, 40 percent for Hamilton.
“I think if both of them cross the finish line, the decision will be made in the last race. But the whole picture is drastically different if there is a breakdown – an accident or a technical one.
“But as our self-confidence increases, the nervousness increases at Mercedes. I think that is the basic trend.”