Alex Albon Comes Out in Defence of Helmut Marko – “Given the Worst Role”

Published 10/05/2021, 5:06 AM EDT
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Red Bull are known to bring exceptional drivers to the grid, the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, and Max Verstappen are a few examples. However, at the same, they are portrayed to put immense pressure on their younger drivers.

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For the 2021 season, the Christian Horner-led team dropped Alex Albon to make way for Sergio Perez. Former F1 champion Damon Hill, asks the Thai driver about the pressure surrounding being a Red Bull driver.

Alex Albon explains the intensity of being a Red Bull driver

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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit brought in the Mexican driver to replace Albon for the 2021 season. Hill does feel that Sergio is an experienced driver but still is curious to know if he has the same amount of pressure as Albon.

Speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, Albon responded, “Yeah I think there is a misconception about truthfully speaking. I think there is, of course that villain role played I think within the media about it all. But it is definitely as nowhere near as like that.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Being asked if he was referring to Dr. Helmut Marko; the team advisor. He said, “Yeah, I mean you guys know more than I do. I think Helmut obviously gets given the worst role on the global side of it. But I think it is just Red Bull in general.”

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Are the title hopes in Red Bull’s favor this season?

The Milton-Keynes-based squad certainly brought their A-game to the 2021 championship. Ever since the season kicked off in Bahrain earlier this year, Red Bull have been involved in an intense battle against title contenders and arch-rivals, Mercedes.

As it stands, Mercedes lead the championship with 397.5 points, while the Horner-led team finds themselves in second place with 364.5 points. The next time the two titans of Formula One will face each other is at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying REUTERS/Lars Baron

Max Verstappen and Perez would aim to bring a stellar result and hope to bridge the 33-point gap. On the other, the Silver Arrows will try to extend their lead in the title race.

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What are your predictions for the race in Turkey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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