“More Violent Breakfasts”-Marko Humors Intense Red Bull-Mercedes F1 War With Lauda

Published 01/11/2022, 12:28 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2021 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, Head of Red Bull’s driver development program Helmut Marko and Honda’s F1 Managing Director Masashi Yamamoto during a team photo ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Mercedes and Red Bull shared an unbelievable season in 2021. Both teams pushed each other to the limit and in the end, came out with shared honors. But the intensity of the season tested their relationship throughout the season and it got bitter on many occasions.

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes that if Niki Lauda was still around, then things wouldn’t have escalated much and they would have had some “violent breakfasts”.

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We would not have reached so much with him: Helmut Marko

As reported by Soy Motor, the Austrian mentioned that in the 2021 season, on many occasions, the tension between the top teams reached a boiling point. He stated that if the former Mercedes advisor was alive, they would not have so much tension.

“I would have loved to have Niki when the tension escalated a lot between Red Bull and Mercedes. We would not have reached so much with him. They would have been a bit more violent breakfasts because he did not like to lose, “ said Marko in a recent interview. [Translated by Google].

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MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 10: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr. Helmut Marko in the Paddock after qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 10, 2021, in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The Red Bull advisor and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff often took swipes at each other during the season. “We won’t go on vacation together. Toto said in the Mercedes factory that Red Bull are the enemies to motivate his team. Toto does a great job.

Obviously, I try to get the best out of it for Red Bull, so there are points of conflicts but generally, there is respect.” said Helmut on his relationship with Wolff.

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In such an intense season, it is natural that there would be some tension between the teams. But it would have been interesting to see the reaction of Niki Lauda during the 2021 season if he was still alive.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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