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Helmut Marko

Marko takes dig at Hamilton: Maybe he should have retired!

Red Bull chiefs Helmut Marko and Christian Horner have offered their thoughts on Lewis Hamilton's challenging weekend at Imola.

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko took a moment to add insult to injury after Lewis Hamilton endured a painful Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Mercedes were off the pace throughout the Imola event, amid the W13's ongoing struggles, with the seven-time World Champion unable to break into the top 10 in representative conditions.

A particularly low point of Hamilton's race - and weekend - came when reigning World Champion Max Verstappen put a lap on him, as the Red Bull driver surged to his second victory of the season.

Marko wonders what Hamilton is thinking now

Hamilton went head-to-head with Verstappen during the 2021 campaign in a bid to claim a record-breaking eighth F1 title.

Having missed out on the crown in well-documented, controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi finale, Hamilton withdrew from the public eye and went silent on social media, prompting speculation that he could walk away from the sport.

Hamilton ultimately returned to take on the 2022 season, and F1's new regulations, but Marko could not resist a cheeky dig following his Imola performance.

"I mean, he was lapped by us, so maybe he should have stopped last year, he is thinking!" Marko told Sky Sports News.

Horner adds his thoughts on Hamilton's "horrible" weekend

Horner also shared his take on Hamilton's weekend as he spoke to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"He's obviously had a horrible weekend, but he's still an eight-time World Champion," said Horner, before correcting himself to say "seven-time" after "forgetting" the title won by Nico Rosberg.

"He hasn't forgotten how to drive in the last four races, so at some point, they'll sort their issues out and he'll become a factor, I've got no doubt.

"But obviously the young guys are doing a great job at the moment."

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