Marko Names Max Verstappen the Greatest Red Bull F1 Driver Ahead of Sebastian Vettel

Published 01/01/2022, 6:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen is a once-in-a-generation talent. There’s no doubt in the superiority of his caliber to the rest of the field today. At only 24-years of age, he is an F1 world champion.

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And if that wasn’t a compliment big enough on its own, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has something even greater for him.

According to the Austrian, Max Verstappen is “without a doubt” the best driver he has ever worked with. In addition to his “incredible will”, Marko points, Verstappen has something that makes him unique.

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“What sets him apart the most: He doesn’t need a warm-up [round],” Marko said.

He also described the advantage Verstappen has over others when it rains and the most recent example of his overall talent that was at full display in Jeddah.

“When it rains somewhere, the others drive five or eight laps. Then Max drives out and drives the fastest time on the first lap,” Marko said.

“Or Jeddah: Nobody knew the route. The others drove again too, Max drives out – bang! Three times [fastest sector]. That’s one of its fascinating qualities.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Red Bull boss praises Max Verstappen for his deserved championship

Team Principal Christian Horner admitted that it was the sheer talent of Verstappen that kept their championship hopes afloat in the second half of the season.

“Particularly [in] the second half of the year, when we didn’t have the fastest package, he kept us in this championship,” Horner said.

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“He kept fighting, he kept believing, and it’s just been the most unbelievable year. We’re incredibly proud of everything that he’s done this year, and [he’s] totally deserving of this World Championship.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with team principal Christian Horner on the podium REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Over the course of the season, while Mercedes was a little slow off the line, they eventually caught up and surpassed Red Bull in terms of pace. So for Verstappen to do what he did, outperforming Mercedes in a Red Bull speaks for itself.

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So, how do you think Max Verstappen’s one world title compares to Sebastian Vettel’s four?

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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