“Helmut Will Let You Know” – F1 Hopeful Open Up on the Pressure of Red Bull Academy

Published 09/09/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Red Bull have brought in a pool of drivers onto the grid because of their driver academy. However, it is a gift and curse, as those who don’t perform at the level they want to, can be dropped from their team at any time.

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Juri Vips from the Red Bull driver academy has opened up about the pressure he has to overcome if he wants to reach the F1 grid. He also mentions the importance to impress Dr. Helmut Marko and his importance on the junior team.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Red Bull junior talks about the importance of getting in the good books of Marko

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The team has a knack for getting drivers with great potential onto the F1 grid. Notable names, such as Sebastian Vettel, and Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, and Max Verstappen have graduated through the ranks.

Speaking about the pressure to get to the top, Vips talks to Matt Jeffray in an exclusive interview with F1feederseries. The driver hailing from Estonia said, “I think having driver academies is definitely a good thing, because you want the best drivers to make it all the way to F1, and those places push you to be the best.”

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during qualifying REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

“Of course, when you’re performing well, everything is good and the atmosphere is great, but when you have a tough weekend, Helmut will let you know about it. There is always a pressure of being in these programmes,” he explained.

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Any chances of Vips getting into the Formula One?

Most drivers aspire to reach the pinnacle of motorsport. However, for Vips, he will have to wait a bit longer, as Red Bull have retained Max  Verstappen and Sergio Perez for the 2022 season.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

While, down at AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s sister team will have Pierre Gasly, and Yuki Tsunoda for next season as well. But Vips knows if he keeps impressing Marko, he will eventually get the call up to race for either of the terms in F1.

Currently in fifth place in the F2 championship with eighty-five points to his. Vips hopes to end the 2021 campaign on high and impress the higher-ups at the Milton-Keynes-based outfit.

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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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