Marko says Hamilton leaving has weakened McLaren 10 October, 2012 Oct.10 (GMM) Red Bull‘s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has revealed he is pleased that Lewis Hamilton is moving to Mercedes as he believes that the move weakens McLaren. Marko, who is also the team owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s right-hand man on racing matters, told Auto Motor und Sport that he needs to thank Niki Lauda. Triple world champion Lauda has officially joined Mercedes, after helping the German marque with its Concorde Agreement negotiations and with convincing Hamilton to jump ship from McLaren. “Niki has done us a favour,” said the outspoken Austrian. “He has weakened Lewis and McLaren. “Next year, we have two opponents less,” he added. Subbed by AJN. Related NewsAlan Jones: No doubting Ricciardo nowRivals consider Ricciardo among the current best in F1Red Bull: We will be the proper Renault works teamMercedes 9, Ricciardo 2 and the rest zeroRicciardo: It feels as good as the first, it really doesRed Bull: We all deserve thisMarko playing games with Vettel claims LaudaRed Bull: It’s a great team performanceMercedes and Red Bull surprised by gap in HungaryRed Bull: We didn’t quite evolve with the track F1Racer What a total and complete twat Marko is. He is a nasty piece of work. No wonder he fits in at Red Bull management alongside Horner. fsdsdgsdg yeah f1racer, but for once he’s 100% right. Even if I think Sergio will beat Jenson, he is not Lewis! And for what it’s wort the Merc is a wheelbarrow. Chuck Now I’m convinced that McLaren will be the team to beat! Lewis has sealed his own fate as was inevitable… But McLaren free of the drama king… No wonder Marko is playing head games… may be all he’s got going for the future as things stand! F1Canuck yeah, and red bull have been weakened by having to race cars that are within the rules! McLarenfan I hope McLaren will surprise us all next year I hope Button and Checo are as good as Button and Lewis were when Lewis had his head in the right place. Marko is twisted no wonder the Bulls are watched so closely by the FIA.