Marko: We are in complex difficulties and are clearly behind schedule

Red Bull hard at work behind the screens in Bahrain

Red Bull hard at work behind the screens in Bahrain

After the dizzying heights of utter domination late last season and eight Formula 1 world titles in four years, Red Bull finds itself in deep crisis, just two weeks before the Melbourne season opener.

Not only has the new RB10 struggled merely for laps amid engine supplier Renault’s obvious problems, the Adrian Newey-penned car has also been slow.

In an analysis, Speed Week found that if the times in Bahrain testing last week were actually set during a qualifying session in Melbourne, both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo would have failed to meet the 107 per cent qualifying rule.

“We are in complex difficulties,” Red Bull’s Helmut Marko admitted to Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.

Sebastian Vettel with Helmut Marko in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel with Helmut Marko in Bahrain

“We can solve it only in conjunction with Renault. Unfortunately, we are going from problem to problem and are clearly behind schedule.”

The reigning World Champions only have four more official test days, in Bahrain this week beginning on Thursday, to prepare for the Melbourne season opener.

Asked if the problems can be solved by then, Marko answered: “That is open and cannot be predicted. We will have developments in Bahrain for the third test but, as I said, everything is very complex.”

Marko said it is not the first time Red Bull could head into a new season without having even completed a single race distance with its new car.

“Yes, we’ve had that once, but I repeat; we cannot hang our heads,” he insisted. “We need to look and think ahead.” (GMM)

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