Mercedes overwhelmingly dominated the 2020 F1 season; however, there was one lone Red Bull warrior that kept fighting the Silver Arrows. Admittedly, Lewis Hamilton was in a league of his own, but Max Verstappen came dangerously close to beating Valtteri Bottas this season.
The Finnish driver claimed the P2 position with just a nine-point difference to Verstappen at P3. Meanwhile, Red Bull supremo, Helmut Marko believes his team could take advantage of Mercedes’ situation next season.
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have been going back and forth in their contract negotiations for over a month now. Marko believes that the Milton Keynes team could possibly take advantage of this troubling situation in 2021.
He explained that Hamilton has only two options, “Take a sabbatical or sign up at Mercedes.” He believes that irrespective of the decision, there will be a little unrest within the team. Marko further pointed out, “of course we hope that we can benefit from that.”
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Helmut Marko and Red Bull signed Sergio Perez for the 2021 season. The Mexican comes at the back of an impressive season with Racing Point. More interestingly, a team with a Mercedes powered engine.
Marko clarified that Perez’s understanding of the Mercedes engine played an important role in his Milton Keynes induction for 2021.
“Sergio brings a lot of knowledge about Mercedes with him. After they let him go at Racing Point, he was obviously very attentive to everything Mercedes did. We hope for a lot of input from this side,” said the Red Bull Supremo.
Do you believe the Milton Keynes team can at least split the Silver Arrows this season?