Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner walk in the Paddock prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 18, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: Helmut Marko corrects Lewis Hamilton’s selective memory

–by Mark Cipolloni–

According to Helmut Marko, Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton is suffering from a case of selective memory loss.

After Max Verstappen pointed out Hamilton’s selective memory loss, Helmut Marko has hammered Lewis Hamilton for calling on F1 to tweak the rules by setting a date of 1 August as the earliest teams can start working on next year’s car.

How soon Hamilton forgets.

“I think the FIA should probably put a time when everyone is allowed to start developing for the next year’s car,” Lewis Hamilton told Sky F1.

“So August 1, that’s when everybody can start, so that no one can get an advantage from the next year. Because that sucks.”

“We weren’t talking about that when he was winning his championships, right?” Max Verstappen retorted.

“So I don’t think we should now.  That’s how Formula 1 works.

“It’s normal, of course, [for] people behind to say these kinds of things, but they should also not forget how it was looking when they were winning and if people would comment these kinds of things then probably they would comment a bit different, but that’s how it goes in Formula 1.”

He apparently has a pretty bad memory,” the 80-year-old Helmut Marko told

“In the years that Mercedes dominated, they also started work on the car for the following year much earlier than other teams.

“Then they mainly had a superior engine, one that could deliver much more horsepower than the rest.

“If you don’t have to put energy into this year’s chassis, then of course you will already look at next year. That’s just how Formula 1 works.”

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