Marko Optimistic of Red Bull Fulfilling Verstappen’s Greatest Wish Next Season

Published 12/18/2020, 2:53 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Red Bull is still rejoicing from their win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was one of the best weekends for both Max Verstappen and Albon Albon this season. Although this success came late into the season, it bolstered their confidence for 2021.

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Max was on fire in Abu Dhabi, as he secured maximum points at Yas Marina. With a shift in dominance, Mercedes was chasing Max the entire weekend, but the Dutchman crossed the chequered line 16 seconds ahead of Bottas and Hamilton.

The key to future success would be to hold on to this performance.

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Max had already urged his team to maintain form as Red Bull usually loses focus in the mid-season stretch. Well, in this new era of motorsports, they cannot afford that.

Red Bull needs to hold its nerve and maintain consistency if they are to challenge the German camp in 2021. However, Red Bull’s motorsport consultant Dr. Helmut Marko appears optimistic about the team‘s future and he has some valid points for his hunch.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 05: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, 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 on July 05, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

We beat Mercedes directly. And in the second race in Bahrain we had a car with which we would have been equally competitive. Max is getting better and better, only in Turkey he wasn’t patient enough. But the rest, fantastic. His qualifying lap in Abu Dhabi too. He’s so mature now,stated Marko.

Red Bull ready for the title battle in 2021

The entire grid values the opinion of Helmut Marko. He has been taking decisions for decades now that brought the Milton Keynes outfit this far. However, for the coming season, he has some tough calls to make. The most important one being who takes the seat besides Max in 2021.

There are other situations that worry the advisor, however, not until 2021. With the improving form of the team, he can concentrate on preparing the line-up for next season.

He assures that Honda is doing their best at the factory and they can learn and develop from the Japanese outfit in 2022.

NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with  Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Masashi Yamamoto of Honda and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in parc ferme during the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on October 11, 2020 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

We’ve been developing so hard all season. And Honda is doing the same. So I think we’ll be strong, really strong. It’s very encouraging,” Marko added.

We know where we stand and there is good news from Japan from Honda. There are improvements in the engine. So we should be good from the first race,” concluded Marko.

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Red Bull appears ready to take on Mercedes in 2021. The car is responding well and Max is wielding it better than ever before. However, once again, the team needs to be careful about consistency.

They cannot lose their form, as that is where Mercedes could gain confidence. Keeping that in mind, all the best to the Milton Keynes outfit!

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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