Helmut Marko thinks Lewis Hamilton's mistake at Imola can be explained away by the challenge of Max Verstappen, as the Red Bull man's pace forced his rival into an uncharacteristic error.
Marko, who is a Red Bull team advisor, has backed Verstappen to get the job done this season, as according to the Austrian, 2021 will provide Mercedes and Hamilton with the biggest challenge yet to their titles.
"Hamilton has had no continuous opposition, which has now occurred with Red Bull and Max Verstappen. And apparently - humanly understandable - this leads to reactions," Marko told German outlet RTL.
"It was amazing for me that Hamilton did not give in in the first corner lying in the outside lane, because it was clear that he could not win this duel. This shows that Hamilton is not willing to accept this opposition. He opposes it massively and with great vehementness.
"If they sit in the racing car and shoot at the a bend together, then it's not about tactics, it's just man-to-man. It's very good for the audience, for us as a team, the nerve burden increases drastically."
Marko has also been reflecting on his own life within motorsport, and what he still hopes to get out of it. Having recently turned 78, some are wondering how many more years he will be involved in the Red Bull operation - but winning is still paramount to the Austrian.
"As long as I am physically and mentally fit, I am simply interested in projects, I am thrilled to tackle something new. We belong again on the absolute winning road," Marko concluded.