Lewis Hamilton has urged for action to be taken against Helmut Marko following the discriminatory remarks made by Red Bull’s chief advisor regarding Sergio Perez’s demeanour after the Italian Grand Prix.
These comments triggered widespread criticism from fans worldwide, with many demanding that Marko be removed from his position at Red Bull.
Despite the calls for Marko’s dismissal, the 80-year-old has managed to avoid severe repercussions, offering an apology instead.
“It’s completely unacceptable what he said,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 when asked about the comments.
“Whilst we say there’s no room for any type of discrimination in this sport, which there should be no room for it, to have leaders and people in his position making comments like this is not good for us moving forward.
“So I think it just highlights firstly the work that still needs to be done. There are a lot of people in the background that really are trying to combat these sorts of things.
“But it’s hard to manoeuvre when you have people that are at the top, if there are people at the top that have those sorts of mindsets, that just stop us from progressing. So yeah, I’m not surprised, to be honest.”
In response to queries about potential measures regarding Marko, ther Mercedes Star stated: “I mean that’s something to ask for Checo, but I think this is not something that you just apologise and it’s all okay. I think there needs to be more done.
“I think teams have, when they’ve had individuals from, particularly drivers, make comments but some individuals in the back, they usually are removed or at least they put out a quote and say they don’t support that kind of thing.
“So it is interesting that they haven’t done for this one, so it’s not my team and it’s not how we move as a team.
“It just shows how much, how important it is that we continue to do the work that I’m trying to do with the team and with the sport.”