Marko on Mercedes’ F1 Testing Struggles: “That Means They Have a Lot of Confidence”

Published 03/17/2021, 9:13 AM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, believes he knows the reason why Mercedes were struggling during the pre-season testing. The Silver Arrows had a gearbox issue, and, as a result, their drivers had a difficult time while trying to drive the car around the Bahrain International Circuit.

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Even though their car seemed undrivable, Marko believes that Mercedes are still the favorites to win the championship in the upcoming season. He believes that the Brackley-based team is not showing everything they have for the 2021 season.

If they really do have a problem, which most people don’t think they do, Marko knows they are a strong team and have time to fix any issue they have. Mercedes are entering the season with the hopes of winning their eighth title, but if these problems continue, they might have a hard time achieving that dream.

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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)

Helmut Marko knows Mercedes is hiding something for the new championship

The Red Bull advisor said, “Mercedes is still the favorite. We think they drove with more fuel than us. That means they have a lot of confidence and don’t show the back of their tongue.”

He added, “This is a very strong, ideal team and there are still fourteen days until the first race. You can assume that they will have largely resolved their problems by then.

They drove much harder than we did. You have seen that Hamilton in particular has driven a lot off the track. The car is restless and unpredictable.” ( translated via Google)

Marko opens up on how is Perez doing against Verstappen

Sergio Perez joined the Milton-Keynes outfit for the 2021 season. He will pair alongside Max Verstappen for the forthcoming championship. Helmut reveals the progress of the Mexican driver against Red Bull’s prodigy Verstappen.

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MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Marko said, “We assume he only loses two or three tenths to Max and not five. Sergio has integrated himself very well. He was already able to provide us with valuable information, especially regarding the Mercedes engine.”

Red Bull finished second in the constructor’s championship last year while the Silver Arrows took home their seventh world title. With the likes of Perez joining the team and pairing up with Verstappen, they will fight Mercedes in 2021.

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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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