Red Bull Advisor Marko Doesn’t Sympathise With Mercedes Over F1 Rule Changes

Published 04/08/2021, 7:16 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 is the advisor for the Red Bull team. He has seen the Austrian-based outfit in its dominant years when they had a certain Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel. The team won four championships from 2010 to 2013. However, Marko feels that the constant rule changes are done to slow them down.

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In the opening round in Bahrain for the 2021 season, the Milton-Keynes-based outfit were favorites to win, as Verstappen had a spectacular time and got a pole position. However, Mercedes’s Hamilton defended his first place position and brought home the win.

The next round takes the F1 grid to Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. The Austrian team hopes they have a better result in Italy can fight for the championship in 2021.

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SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 02: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing talks with Dr Helmut Marko as he prepares to drive during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)M

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko thinks that the rules are made to stop them

In an interview with Motorsport-total.com as quoted by PlanetF1. Marko said, “We always interpreted them in such a way that they were against us. The reason was that they wanted to reduce the speed.”

He added, “The biggest argument came from Pirelli, where the tyre pressure were not allowed to be too high. That it has less effect on us is a prejudice and cannot be proved.”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Before Mercedes lost this lead, their concept it was the best, but suddenly ours is. That’s how it goes. If the regulations change, then you have to adapt to it,” Marko concluded.

The team from Milton Keynes believe they can catch the Silver Arrows in 2021

The team have always been in the rearview mirrors of the Mercedes team, but 2021 proved to be different. Even though they didn’t win the first round in Bahrain, Red Bull showed promise that they have the potential to defeat the Brackley-based team.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The next round takes us to Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can the Milton-Keynes outfit take the battle to Mercedes and come out victorious? We will just have to wait and find out. Do you think that Red Bull has what it takes to win 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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