“Start Here First” – Red Bull F1 Advisor Marko Demands Action from New FIA President

Published 12/13/2021, 1:20 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


The season ended with mixed feelings. While Verstappen won the title, the circumstances under which the victory was his, seemed shaky. While it was neither Red Bull nor Verstappen’s fault, the attention fell on the FIA rulebook. With so much fuss surrounding his driver’s title, Helmut Marko shared his thoughts on the subject.

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Marko’s hot take is simple. “The whole system needs to be rethought. The rules have to be simplified and the premise has to be: Let’s race!” 

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Thus, Marko brings Michael Masi under the line of fire. Much of the criticism has been borne by the race director, and Marko seems to pile on. “After so many mistakes and questionable decisions have been made, there is certainly a great need for action. Now a president is coming, so he would like to start here first.”

Thus, in a sport where often, many situations can end up in a gray area, it’s important that the code remains clear. Further, maybe the 2021 season can be something to reflect on as the upcoming season sets the scene for new beginnings.

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Due to the confusion, Mercedes‘ anger towards Red Bull remains flimsy. Thus, Christian Horner didn’t understand why the frustrations were towards the team. “It obviously felt a little bit desperate. We didn’t want it to finish in front of the stewards.”

Nonetheless, he didn’t let the situation rain on their party. “It has had its moments, it has been tense, it has been tough. We are just delighted with the outcome and very proud of Max tonight who has been phenomenal all year.”

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Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

Referring to how Hamilton went wide to gain an advantage, Horner believes that fate eventually favored Milton Keynes“I think we felt the decision at the beginning of the race went against us and the decision at the end of the race was right.”

Thus, he too remained critical of the Sporting Code. “It has been a season like that, there has been marginal calls, some we have benefited from and the majority we have lost out on.”

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Nonetheless, a season full of action, drama, and emotions comes to an end; and even though it didn’t end with a neat bow on the top, it will be a season to remember.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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