We all know by now that Red Bull’s advisor, Helmut Marko, isn’t one to shy away from saying something controversial or being savage with his opinions. This is why we were shook to see he’s given his thoughts on the best and worst qualities of some of the drivers in the Red Bull family to the Red Bulletin.
Seriously, get that popcorn. This is going to be a journey.
ALEX ALBON – ‘TOO NICE’
“Alex is very fast, but I wonder if he’s too nice. He’s a bit like David Coulthard, who everyone likes, but wasn’t tough enough in the end.”
PIERRE GASLY – ‘HE LOOKED FOR EXCUSES’
“He is the team leader and doing incredible things. Like his compatriot Francois Cevert, he is fast, cheeky and devoted to the beautiful things in life.”
However, when talking about his spell at Red Bull, he added: “he looked for excuses instead of tackling his own mistakes.”
MAX VERSTAPPEN – ‘MOST COMPLETE RACING DRIVER’
I mean, is it a surprise that Marko has nothing but praise for the world champ?
“There’s currently no one quicker than him over a single lap,” he added.
DANIEL RICCIARDO – ‘LACKING CONSISTENCY’
“In his first year at Red Bull, he beat Vettel by three wins to nil. Max coming on the scene was a crunch point in his career. Rather than taking up the fight, he wanted to keep his distance. And you know what happened next. That’s too bad.
“He was always nice to work with. His speed is comparable to that of Max, but he’s just lacking that ultimate consistency.”
YUKI TSUNODA – ‘BLOODY FAST’
“[He’s] prone to outbursts of anger, but he is bloody fast, whatever you say. We believe in him and his huge potential. When he isn’t under stress, he’s incredibly funny and likeable. Everyone likes Yuki, even if no one can blow their top quite like he does.”
SERGIO PEREZ – ‘HE WAS IN A POSITIVE MOOD, THEN HE MET MAX’
“He arrived with a win under his belt, and he was in a positive mood. Then he met Max. This led to a certain amount of uncertainty, especially in qualifying.
“He chooses his own hotels and lives within the team with his own advisors. I don’t know exactly what they all do, but they are very nice people.”
SEBASTIAN VETTEL – ‘ULTIMATE USE OF TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES’
“He made ultimate use of all technical possibilities,” said Marko. “This was also why he ultimately had the upper hand over a talented Mark Webber.”
CARLOS SAINZ – ‘TOXIC ATMOSPHERE WITH MAX’
“It was his bad luck to get Max as a teammate. The atmosphere between the two at Toro Rosso was quite toxic. In the setup we had at the time, I couldn’t see a way of keeping him with us, and so he moved to Renault, McLaren and then on to Ferrari.”
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