An angry Helmut Marko has admitted that Red Bull are 'despairing' a little at the start of the summer break, coming off the back of two races where their races have been wrecked by a collision triggered by a Mercedes driver.
Max Verstappen was eliminated from the British Grand Prix after a collision with Lewis Hamilton, with the stewards ruling the Mercedes driver was predominantly to blame for the clash. In Hungary, both Red Bull drivers were hit at the first corner after an error from Valtteri Bottas saw the Finn collide with McLaren's Lando Norris. The McLaren skated into the side of Verstappen's car, while Bottas hit Perez and took the Mexican out of the race.
"It's a mixture of frustration and anger, perplexity and a little despair," Marko told F1-Insider.com.
“The last two races could be described as collateral damage for us. We were comfortably in the lead, now we are not only behind in the World Championship, a chassis has been destroyed, an engine, maybe even a second."
With Verstappen onto his third power unit of the year already as a result of the Silverstone crash, Perez is likely to follow suit as his engine was wrecked in the Hungary melee.
“That means we have to expect a starting place penalty at some point in the year because under these circumstances we can no longer get along with the three different engines," Marko said.
"It is cynical that we cannot help it and that Mercedes, whose drivers are the cause of our problems, is the big beneficiary."
While Bottas was given a five place grid penalty for the collision, Marko doesn't believe this is any real hindrance for the Finn at Spa-Francorchamps.
"With a well-tuned Mercedes you made up those positions in two laps because there is hardly a track on which you can overtake better," Marko said.