Helmut Marko pragmatic despite Red Bull’s ‘domination’: “We have an unbelievable run but reliability is always a concern”

Helmut Marko wary of Red Bull's concerns even after winning six races in a row

Christian Horner and Helmut Marko
Christian Horner and Helmut Marko

Helmut Marko is a seasoned campaigner and those set of eyes are well versed with the ups and downs of F1. Red Bull has been on a tremendous run off late but this has also shown us as to how quickly things can change in the sport. The Milton Keynes outfit had a disastrous start to the season courtesy of their reliability concerns which had forced both the drivers had to retire out of races and in turn lose out on a bag full of points.

Ferrari had the upper hand as they won 2 out of the first three races including that 1-2 in the first race in Bahrain. But, Imola, which was supposed to be a race to celebrate this brilliant start for the Tifosi, changed the complexion of the season as Carlos Sainz spun out of the race after collision with Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc’s error costing him a lot of points.

From that race onwards, Red Bull has not looked back as both their drivers have gone on win 6 out of the last races. The tables have completely turned as Ferrari is the team which is now struggling with their reliability concerns. This has allowed Red Bull to further extend their lead in both the championships and have a firm grip. But, the team got a reality check in Canada as Sergio Perez retired out of yet another race.

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Helmut Marko wary of Red Bull’s concerns even after winning six races in a row

Helmut Marko and Sergio Perez
Helmut Marko and Sergio Perez

This is why Helmut Marko has decided to stay realistic and not get carried away with this unbelievable run of results. Recently, he said, “The main thing is you have to finish and avoid those reliability things. We have an unbelievable run now, normally in the first half of the season we were always catching up and now are dominating.”

“You have to say that if you win seven races out of the first nine, that is domination.”

“Reliability is always a concern if you have a car that is so much on the limit. You see that at Ferrari. The only ones who don’t have a technical DNF yet is Mercedes, but they had to lift during some races because of overheating problems.”

It’s important for Helmut Marko and Red Bull to stay focused and keep working on making that car more and more reliable because we have seen that things changes pretty quickly in F1 and Red Bull know better than anyone as they have been on both sides of the spectrum.

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