Loads has occurred in Formula 1 for the reason that finish of the 2022 season. Some racing groups have made modifications, particularly in the place of group chief.
in an interview SPORTS1 says Red Bull Motorsport Director Dr. Helmut Marko has teased the workers shake-up at Formula 1 and rival Mercedes. (NEWS: All present details about Formula 1)
He additionally talks in regards to the change with Oliver Mintzlaff, who’s now managing director of the drinks firm, and is anxious about Germany’s lack of curiosity in Formula 1.
SPORT1: Dr. Marco, how did you spend the brand new 12 months?
Dr. Helmut Marko: After the final race in Abu Dhabi, I spent a very long time in Japan with the Honda with the 2 drivers. After that it calmed down a bit. Not solely did my weekends go quietly, however I continued to work continuous. For instance, I had an extended dialog with Oliver Mintzlaff, who’s at present in cost of our Formula 1 venture.
SPORT1: What was your first impression of him?
Marco: It was a really constructive dialog. The subsequent one is coming quickly.
Formula 1: Verstappen has transformed non-public jets
SPORT1: How typically did you talk together with your drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez?
Marco: All the time. As I mentioned earlier, we spent a very long time collectively in Japan at the start of December. They had a variety of enjoyable collectively. After that there have been repeated calls.
SPORT1: Verstappen was not too long ago annoyed as a result of as an newbie sim racer he simply missed out on victory on the digital 24 Hours of Le Mans because of connectivity points. Is that now a thing of the previous and is it secure to imagine that he’ll give attention to the precise race to say his third consecutive world title?
Marco: The reverse is the case. He even modified his non-public aircraft in order that he might fly a simulator in the air in the long run. But that is thing, too, as a result of Max wants that distraction. Either approach, it would not harm on the subject of his two titles.
Red Bull: Marco Ricciardo talks return
SPORT1: How does the returning Daniel Ricciardo, who would be the third driver this season, fare?
Marco: Very good. He’s already finished some great PR for Red Bull, which is without doubt one of the causes we introduced him again.
SPORT1: After his disappointing McLaren interlude: Do you assume he is forgotten find out how to drive?
Marco: It is tough to evaluate what’s lacking from a distance. He had some issues with Renault. He will certainly check one or the opposite tires for us quickly, after which we’ll see every thing clearly.
SPORT1: Are you continue to in contact with Sebastian Vettel?
Marco: Yes. He is at present diving in the Arctic together with his entire household. Rest is there. I feel will probably be shut once more till March.
Marco: “Mercedes’ temper is tense”
SPORT1: Recently, the group chief had an earthquake. Andreas Seidl has moved from McLaren to the long run Audi group. Frédéric Wasser went to Ferrari as Mattia Binotto’s successor, the place he threw in the towel. Eventually, Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles tapped Williams as Joost Capito’s successor. Is the newest change strategic and do you worry Williams would be the Mercedes B-Team?
Marco: No, I’ve utterly completely different data. Vowles went of his personal free will, and so it’s mentioned – even taking one of the best technicians with him. My sources say that is why the temper at Mercedes is so excessive.
James Vowles was the pinnacle of the Williams group in Formula 1
SPORT1: So, Lewis Hamilton and Okay. weakening for?
Marco: Let him see. But I nonetheless imagine that Mercedes will probably be our greatest problem on the subject of defending our title.
“It’s unbelievable what’s happening in Germany”
SPORT1: How do you fee the present lack of curiosity in Formula 1 in Germany? RTL is not going to distribute 4 races, rights holders the sky you need to quit free TV. ARD and ZDF Formula 1 clearly didn’t match their worldview. After a tough battle, it’s now attainable Pro7 persuaded 4 races to be televised without cost.
Marco: It is unbelievable what’s happening in Germany now. In Austria, it’s fairly the alternative. Formula 1 is creating quicker than ever. The Red Bull group is taken into account the nationwide group of Austria and the entire nation is rooting for it. Therefore, even “Mercedes” will probably be robust once more, I hope that the Germans will probably be like themselves.