Marko Reveals How Ex-F1 Boss Ecclestone Came to Their Rescue After Adrian Newey’s Horrific Accident in Croatia

Published 10/21/2021, 3:37 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)


Dr. Helmut Marko and Team Principal Christian Horner have played an important role in Red Bull’s title fight this season. However, there is another personality that gives the Raging Bulls a fighting chance this season, and that is Adrian Newey.

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But up until the Turkish Grand Prix, the British engineer was not seen in his team’s garage. That’s because Newey suffered a bike accident while he was in Croatia.

However, the Red Bull engineer was not alone and was in the company of a British businessman, Bernie Ecclestone, who helped Newey get the best treatment possible after his accident.

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Red Bull boss reveals how former F1 CEO helped Adrian Newey

The British engineer who had suffered a horrible bike accident was away from the world of F1 as he had to recover. Marko had interestingly revealed that it was Ecclestone who helped Newey get the finest treatment possible while they were in Croatia.

Speaking to F1.Insider.com as quoted by Motorsport, Marko said, “It was a really tough time for us with Adrian’s absence. Adrian had several broken bones and a head injury in the accident. Fortunately, Bernie Ecclestone was in Croatia at the same spot.

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 23: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing looks on in the garage during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 23, 2020 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Bernie has very close ties to the Croatian authorities. He made sure that Adrian received the best medical treatment promptly and also arranged the operations for his return to the UK,” the Austrian boss concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

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Can Newey lead the Bulls to a victory in Austin?

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Last race weekend saw Max Verstappen just miss out on a win as he was beaten to the checkered flag by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. However, they are not satisfied with the result and would aim to grab a win this upcoming weekend at the US Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Additionally, with Newey back in the Red Bull garage, the Milton-Keynes-based outfit have been given a boost in their confidence to claim victory and may just turn the odds of the title race in their favor.

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What are your predictions for the United States Grand Prix? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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