The battle between Red Bull and Mercedes was pretty heated before the summer break. The fuse was lit at Silverstone when Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided, resulting in Verstappen crashing out of the race.
One race later in Hungary, things went awry with Valtteri Bottas eliminating both Red Bulls and Lando Norris at the first corner. Verstappen was able to race on but struggled due to the damage sustained to his car.
Helmut Marko expects Verstappen to keep his head up, but does speak of a situation that has changed a lot in regards to the relationship between the Dutchman and the Mercedes drivers.
"We want to win the world title and for that you have to score as many points as possible. Max knows that, Hamilton knows that too. But something happened that cannot be undone so quickly in the relationship between these two, if it happens at all. But I hope both of them can keep it fair and under control," Marko told Motorsport Magazin.
Marko has no doubts about Verstappen's qualities when it comes to the title fight. He also cites two tricky moments for Verstappen from the championship: "I think Max has proved this season that he is really at World Championship level. In Bahrain, of course, we had some problems with track limits, which cost us the win, pole and fastest lap.
"The sledgehammer blow in Baku, when he was leading masterfully and lost his victory because of that blowout, that's a shame. But his whole attitude and relaxed way of approaching racing shows he has taken another step towards the top."
Hamilton currently leads the World Championship by eight points over Verstappen. A total of 12 races remain on the Formula 1 calendar.