Marko doubts rivals will catch up in 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 12: Red Bull Racing Motosport Consultand Dr Helmut Marko speaks to Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 12, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)

Helmut Marko and Sebastian Vettel

Oct.6 (GMM) Helmut Marko is confident Red Bull Racing can stay ahead of the pack in 2012 and remain the team to beat.

Sebastian Vettel will almost certainly wrap up his second consecutive title in Japan this weekend, and so the energy drink-owned team already has firm sights on defending its latest championships next year.

In the paddock, however, there is the hope that Red Bull’s dominance will be hit by the 2012 banning of blown exhaust diffusers.

“We will let our competitors believe that it is so,” team advisor Marko told Sport Bild.

“But I ask how – if a car is not competitive – can the philosopher’s stone be suddenly found?” added the Austrian.

Marko is therefore not expecting any surprises for 2012, after Red Bull had arguably the fastest car in the field for the past three seasons.

“The fact that having a good foundation one year is a good foundation for the following year has been proved by us for the last three years,” he said.

But one weakness in 2011 was KERS, he admitted.

“That’s why we have had a task-force set up for some time now,” said Marko, “which has been possible due to the more intense cooperation with Renault. We have developed particularly hard in this area.”

  • Butterfly

    What he’s saying is generally true, but not when you have a blood-thirsty Ferrari firing on all cylinders to catch up. Red Bull shouldn’t underestimate them, and I think they don’t, this is probably just PR/FUD tactics.