Why Marko Predicts a Slower Mercedes F1 in Saudi Arabia is Big Boost to Red Bull’s Title Hopes

Published 11/25/2021, 12:09 PM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto talk on the grid before the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on October 11, 2020 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)


Mercedes have announced that they will be using the Brazil engine at the Saudi Arabia GP. The Brazil engine had given Lewis Hamilton an advantage of 30 km/h on other drivers. But Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko believes the Brazil engine won’t be as effective in Jeddah.

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To help Hamilton in achieving his 8th world championship, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff mentioned they will use full engine modes in Jeddah. But the track layout of Jeddah and Interlagos is not the same. Although Jeddah will be the fastest street circuit in F1, it will also have the most corners in F1, which suits the Red Bull.

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Mercedes no longer uses its highly flexible rear wing: Marko

As reported by Motorsport-Turkey, the Red Bull advisor mentioned that the advantage will be reduced in Saudi. He also pointed out that the difference in terms of straight-line speed, Mercedes will not have the advantage in Jeddah that they had in Brazil.

“We saw in Qatar that Hamilton’s speed advantage on the straights is no longer that great and is more or less in the normal range. This is because, after more stringent testing by the FIA, Mercedes no longer uses its highly flexible rear wing,” said Marko.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021, Head of Red Bull’s driver development program Helmut Marko with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Andres Stapff

“Mercedes will be using the Brazilian rocket engine again in Saudi Arabia, but it won’t give a 0.4-second advantage as they can no longer flex the rear wing,” said Marko.

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The Austrian is also confident that Max Verstappen will come good in the streets of Jeddah. He mentioned that the performances of the championship leader in the streets of Monaco and Baku.

“We have confidence in Max’s performance on the street circuits. He won in Monaco, and in Baku, he was clearly superior before the puncture, although it was not his fault. I think the pilot can make a difference again in Saudi Arabia.” said Marko. [Translated by Google]

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The Red Bull advisor would hope that Verstappen bounces back in Jeddah after two successive losses to Hamilton. The win in Saudi is almost critical to Max’s chances of winning the championship in 2021.

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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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