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Marko 'feels sorry' for Ferrari as Red Bull surge clear in the standings

Helmut Marko has described Ferrari's troublesome run of races as "a shame", following Red Bull's victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Helmut Marko has said that he "feels sorry" for Ferrari amid their turbulent run of races prior to the summer break. Red Bull were able to extend their lead in both championships with a victory for Max Verstappen at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The result meant the Milton Keynes-based team enter the four-week break with a lead of 80 points in the Drivers' Championship, and a lead of 97 points in the Constructors' Championship. When asked if this season has been an enjoyable one, Red Bull's Motorsport Advisor Marko said that he was disappointed to not see Ferrari in the current fight. "It has rarely been so much fun. Almost every weekend is a pleasure, quite different from last season where everything cost a lot of nerves," Marko told OE24 . "It's just a bit of a shame that Ferrari makes so many mistakes. They are beaten below their value, we really feel sorry for them. "But once again: They will be back, they have such a strong car."

Marko: Ferrari have done "everything wrong"

Red Bull's championship bids have been aided by misfortune for Ferrari, who have been hampered by reliability problems, grid penalties, driver errors and questionable strategy decisions. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc remains Verstappen's closest challenger, but has only secured one win in the last 10 races. Marko was asked how Ferrari had managed to fall so far behind, despite frequently having the fastest car on the grid. "By doing pretty much everything wrong," replied Marko. "In Budapest, for example, for the first time they didn't give the tyres the right temperature window, and also chose the wrong pit strategy. "I don't understand why they didn't take used Mediums, they would have been better." When asked if he, Verstappen or Red Bull could relax with an 80-point lead, Marko responded: "Don't say that: we still have nine races, that's 225 points for nine possible wins plus sprint and fastest laps. No, no, we really can't lean back yet."

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