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Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015

Marko: Red Bull waiting on Renault results

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says the outfit is waiting on results from Renault's different development approach, which should determine whether the partnership will be successful long-term. Red Bull has endured a troublesome start to its 2015 campaign, currently sitting in fourth place in the Constructors' championship without a podium finish from the opening seven rounds. "We knew that the Monaco result [fourth and fifth] did not reflect our real situation because in Monaco power is not that important," Marko told the Official F1 website. […]

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

No Red Bull comeback until season end says Marko

Dr Helmut Marko has admitted the Red Bull-funded Austrian Grand Prix trophy will probably be passed into Mercedes' hands. The June race at the former A1-Ring, now known as the Red Bull Ring, is promoted by the energy drink company. This week, Red Bull's Marko and Daniel Ricciardo unveiled the carved wood and iron trophy that will be presented to the winner of the Austrian grand prix. Referring to fellow Austrian and Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda, Marko smiled: "It probably will not be us […]

Posted on Saturday, April 4, 2015

Red Bull: Start of 2015 a 'wake up call' for Renault

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says that the start of 2015 has been a wake of call for power unit suppliers Renault after a difficult opening pair of races to the campaign. Daniel Ricciardo placed sixth in Australia while team-mate Daniil Kvyat did not start due to a gearbox problem; last weekend in Malaysia Kvyat placed ninth and led home Ricciardo, as both drivers dealt with brake issues, with Ricciardo's race exacerbated by front wing damage. The results mean that Red Bull is currently sixth […]

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015

Marko hints Toro Rosso could tweak livery

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko has hinted that Toro Rosso could tweak its livery in order to give Renault greater brand exposure. Renault has been linked to a buyout of Toro Rosso - which it supplies with power units - in recent weeks as it seeks to gain greater recognition from its exploits in Formula 1. But Marko has suggested that Toro Rosso's livery could be changed to reflect Renault's traditional yellow colours, so long as the relationship between Red Bull and the Faenza-based squad […]

Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015

Vettel back to 'naughty' old self says Marko

Sebastian Vettel is back to his old self, Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko has admitted. Recently, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner claimed that amid Vettel's struggle to keep up with the new F1 rules and teammate Daniel Ricciardo last year, the quadruple world champion contemplated quitting the sport. Ultimately, he switched to Ferrari, where his motivation appears to have been rekindled. Vettel, 27, has been taking Italian lessons over the winter, while in Jerez, where Ferrari set the testing pace, he was observed […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vettel's Ferrari appearance 'legally not ok' admits Marko

Sebastian Vettel breached his contract by kicking off his Ferrari career early on Tuesday. Just days after his last grand prix with Red Bull, the quadruple world champion on Tuesday appeared in the Ferrari garage at the Abu Dhabi test, albeit wearing plain clothes. But he talked with engineers including Pat Fry, and donned a set of Ferrari headphones as he tuned in to the test action involving his 2015 teammate and friend Kimi Raikkonen. The German expressed frustration last week when Red Bull denied […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ferrari 'myth' crucial for Vettel - Marko

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko thinks that outgoing driver Sebastian Vettel has been attracted by the chance to join an iconic team. Vettel will leave Red Bull at the end of the year and while his destination has not yet been confirmed, the four-times world champion is expected to join Ferrari for the 2015 campaign. "Ferrari is still the name in F1," Marko told the Official F1 site. "It’s a myth, so every driver yearns to go there in their racing career. Sure, much of […]

Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Marko compares Verstappen to Senna

Red Bull consultant Hemlut Marko has called 2015 Toro Rosso signing Max Verstappen an 'exceptional talent' and compared him to the late Ayrton Senna. 16-year-old Verstappen will race for Toro Rosso next season despite just a single year of car racing and will become the youngest Formula 1 driver in history. But Marko believes that Red Bull's new acquisition has what it takes to place himself among the greats of the sport. "He is an exceptional talent that comes along only once in decades," Marko […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vettel 'most expensive item' at Red Bull says Marko

Contract negotiations between reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull may now be in full swing. On Tuesday, rampant speculation that the German could be about to complete a 'seat swap' with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for 2015 was denied. "There is nothing new," Vettel told Sport Bild. "I have a contract with Red Bull and I'm happy where I am." And Dr Helmut Marko added: "Alonso will definitely not be at Red Bull." Curiously, Marko's denial did not mention Vettel, who has struggled to […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New fuel could bring three tenths says Marko

New fuel could give Red Bull a three-tenths boost next time out in Barcelona. That is the claim of the reigning world champions' Austrian director Dr Helmut Marko, as Red Bull pushes to close the gap to 2014's dominant team Mercedes. But in China, both Red Bulls were actually beaten by Fernando Alonso's resurgent Ferrari, following a disappointing opening three races for the Italian team. Marko thinks Ferrari sped up thanks to a new blend of Shell fuel. "We are also hoping to soon get […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marko not sure Red Bull can catch up

Dr Helmut Marko is not sure Red Bull will catch up its early-season deficit in 2014, after a disastrous start to its latest title defence. Speaking to Red Bull's in-house Servus TV network, the always-blunt Austrian admitted the reigning world champion team is months behind its rivals. "The season opener is coming at least two months too early for us," Marko said on the Sport und Talk programme. "We are not where we should be." He said the biggest problem is that in the 12 […]

Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ecclestone potentially facing up to ten years in German prison

Bernie Ecclestone is facing the prospect of up to ten years in jail. F1's embattled chief executive has been removed from the sport's executive board after German prosecutors announced he will face trial in 2014 for alleged corruption. "The possible maximum penalty is a ten year prison sentence," the major Bild daily declared. Banker Gerhard Gribkowsky has already been jailed for eight and a half years for accepting Ecclestone's bribe, but according to the judge in that case, the F1 supremo's alleged acts were worse. […]