Marko Reveals His Surprise at Toto Wolff’s ‘Strange’ Behavior in Mercedes-Red Bull F1 Battle

Published 06/24/2021, 11:55 AM EDT
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)


While Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are fighting it out for the championship on the track, their respective team bosses, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff, are having their own verbal battles off-track. As they take digs at each other in the media, Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has a bit of an opinion about Wolff’s conduct in the battle.

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The Austrian team have always been on Mercedes’ tail, but this season, they’ve managed to get ahead of the Silver Arrows. Having fielded a faster car and improved engine in the 2021 season, Red Bull have won four out of the seven races so far this season. The Honda might just be the fastest engine on the grid right now and even proved to be a game-changer in their victory in the French Grand Prix.

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Usually I had the honor: Dr. Marko on Wolff battling it out with Horner

According to Formulapassion.it, the Austrian has also chimed into the verbal battle between Christian Horner and Toto Wolff. He also stated he found the latter’s choice of target a bit strange!

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner celebrates after the race Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“Strange, lately he has it with Christian. Usually, it was me who had the honor,” said the Red Bull supremo.

He also stated that the Milton Keynes outfit are the favorite going into the Styrian Grand Prix.

“We can’t wait to race the home Grand Prix. We have always done well at Spielberg and, for one reason and another, in Austria the Honda turbo has always performed better than the Mercedes one. 

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Marko continued, “We look forward to the weekend with great confidence.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the end of the race REUTERS/Yves Herman

“Maybe another victory will come and who knows it won’t be five in a row. Passion, in our team, comes first. It is the real engine that pushes us to try to break the Mercedes domination.” 

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Can Red Bull win the Styrian Grand Prix?

For the first time since 2013, the Austrian team have won three races back-to-back (Monaco, Azerbaijan, France). They have fielded a much more competitive car this year, and the changes they have made are showing results.

Now, as they head to Austria for the Styrian Grand Prix, they hope to continue their run of form and clinch more podium finishes. A circuit full of straights and slow corners, the ‘power hungry’ Red Bull Ring will prove to be an accurate test for the Honda engine.

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Do you think the improved engine can give Red Bull another win at their home Grand Prix? Comment below to let us know.

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