Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen cost himself the victory in China with his audacious attempt at passing Sebastian Vettel.
Having earlier had troubles trying to pass Lewis Hamilton, which he eventually made stick, Verstappen with his fresher ultrasoft tyres closed up on Vettel.
However, that pass didn't go according to plan.
Congrats to @danielricciardo for his great win. Unfortunately I made a mistake and hit Seb. That compromised both our races. There is nothing I can change now except analyse my performance and come back stronger. Apologies to @redbullracing who did an amazing job. #ChineseGP pic.twitter.com/DF8x2aIgjx
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) April 15, 2018
Verstappen dived into the inside at the corner and hit Vettel, pitching both drivers into a spin.
Both lost positions but while Vettel was biggest loser on paper, Marko reckons Verstappen cost himself a shot at the victroy.
"Max overdid it by trying to overtake Vettel," he told Movistar. "It was a mistake from him.
"He apologised. That can happen in racing."
Marko spoke with Verstappen after the race and revealed what he told the Dutch drivers.
"His time will come. He just shouldn't overdo it. He knows what he lost.
"There was a victory for him on the table, but he gave it away.
"But still it was a very good drive from both our drivers. He 19 or 20, he's bloody young, and it can happen."
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