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Max Verstappen

Marko admonishes Verstappen after trophy mishap

Helmut Marko was less than impressed after Max Verstappen's Hungarian Grand Prix trophy was shattered during the podium celebrations.

Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko has insisted that Max Verstappen needs to appreciate the replacement Hungarian Grand Prix trophy that is currently being produced.

Hungary is renowned for the quality of its porcelain, and Verstappen's prize for winning last weekend's race in Budapest was a hand-made Herend vase valued at around $45,000.

During the podium celebrations, however, the trophy was knocked off the rostrum and shattered when Lando Norris struck his champagne bottle against the floor.

While both drivers saw the funny side of the mishap, Marko was less impressed when speaking to Austrian outlet OE24, suggesting that the trophy should have been treated with greater respect.

"The Hungarians are famous for their love for valuable porcelain. Even in my day, there were beautiful bowls and vases," said Marko.

"The copy of the trophy is coming to us at the factory, and I'll teach Max to appreciate the original that he's getting replaced.

"That's Hungarian tradition, young people have to understand that."

Verstappen "not at the limit" in Hungary

Marko was happier with Verstappen's performance during the Hungarian Grand Prix, which the Dutchman won by over half a minute from Norris.

The Budapest weekend saw a series of updates installed on the already-dominant Red Bull RB19, and Marko ominously suggested that Verstappen could have gone much faster had he needed to.

"We're way ahead [of everyone] when it comes to race trim," said Marko.

"Max actually could have driven even faster, he wasn't at the limit by a long shot."

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