“Leclerc has to be far behind–it’s unlikely”: Helmut Marko does NOT think Max Verstappen can win his Championship in Singapore

Helmut Marko expressed his concerns about Max Verstappen winning the Championship at the Singapore Grand Prix at the official press conference.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko

The entire Formula 1 fanbase is looking forward to the Singapore Grand Prix since there is a huge chance that Max Verstappen might get his second World Championship victory with five races still left in the calendar. Thus, it can be said that the week is advancing into the biggest showdown of this season. And it started off with the press conference which saw Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko make a shocking predictions about the results of the Main Race.

Last year, a neck-to-neck competition between Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen saw the Championship battle drag to the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. But this time, the Dutchman has already got a lead of a whopping 116 points over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. But according to Helmut Marko, all the fans’ wishes for Max Verstappen winning the World title at the Marina Bay Street Circuit might not materialize.

There are a series of conditions that the Dutchman must fulfil in order to continue his streak of winning the World Championship. But the Austrian believes Max Verstappen’s closest rival this season–Charles Leclerc–will prevent him from attaining victory in Singapore.

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“We can’t count on it yet”: Helmut Marko stays wary of Leclerc’s chances of preventing Verstappen’s win

Helmut Marko
Helmut Marko

In recent news, reports surfaced about Helmut Marko being almost sure about the outcome of the current F1 2022 season as he said, “We can now assume that Max will be world champion. It’s just a matter of time.”

But the 79-year-old stayed cautious of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc hampering Max’s chances of winning the World Championship with five races still left in the roster as he said, “We can’t count on it yet. Max would have to win and Leclerc be far behind. It’s unlikely.” He also indicated expecting they are expecting the Championship results to be determined at the Japanese GP, saying, “It’s more likely, and our engine partner Honda would be happy.”

Now, it only remains to be seen if Max Verstappen overcomes all the troubles and finally does capture the Championship victory in Singapore. But there is surely a huge fanbase cheering on him for his second title in a row, and all of them want to see the results as soon as possible!

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at FirstSportz. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport. She is a proud McLaren fan who eagerly awaits the paddock's visit to Spa Francorchamps and hopes to attend the Monaco GP one day. A student of medicine, whenever she's not fawning over Daniel Ricciardo or rooting for Max Verstappen to become the next World Champion, Riddhi's either busy reading thrillers, debating, or playing with her six feline friends.