Red Bull's Helmut Marko believes the relationship between his team and Mercedes has reached new levels of tension after Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton's collision at Silverstone.
With representatives of both teams defending their own innocence over the clash, an already uneasy relationship now appears to be quite bitter and Marko confirmed that the two sides are unlikely to see eye to eye any time soon.
“The relationship will certainly become even more tense. Let's put it this way: It was never a relaxed relationship," Marko told RTL, days after he called for a race suspension for Hamilton following the collision.
“But that's exciting for the audience," Marko continued. He told Austria's ORF on Tuesday that Red Bull have no intention of seeking revenge in any unsporting ways against Mercedes, and emphasised, "We will behave within the fair, sporting methods."
With Verstappen winning the Sprint Qualifying race at Silverstone, a traditional stomping ground for Mercedes, Marko said that Red Bull are no longer fearful of any venue going into the second half of the season.
“We know we have a great package. It is a major setback, no question about it, and we think it is again a very unjustified one," he said.
"And this is the second time we are hit, after the puncture in Baku. But we're strong enough to take it.
"We won the sprint at Silverstone with confidence, and we would have won the main race too, that was very clear.
“We have proven that we were competitive on every race track this year. Silverstone was absolute Mercedes country, but in the sprint we proved our competitiveness and we are of the opinion that we would have proven in the race that we are capable of winning."