McLaren denies helping Mercedes with Norris radio call

McLaren’s team boss has hit back at Dr Helmut Marko after the Red Bull official sarcastically criticised “very sporting” behaviour to benefit Mercedes at Portimao. “Very sporting on the part of the Mercedes management,” Marko told the Austrian broadcaster Servus TV afterwards, hinting at a link between the radio call and McLaren’s relationship with its new engine supplier. However, Marko repeated his concerns about the McLaren radio call in conversation with Germany’s Sport1. “The radio message to Norris could well be understood as an invitation to destroy Max’s lap,” said the Austrian. When asked if he wanted to comment on Marko’s remarks, McLaren boss Andreas Seidl insisted: “No.”.

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