Marko: Our software guys now slave around the clock on 18 hour shifts 6 March, 2014 According to Red Bull’s Motorsport Consultant, Helmut Marko, the world champion team is “slaving around the clock” to solve its problems ahead of next weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Marko revealed to Bild that Red Bull and Renault are working hard together in the remaining days until Melbourne, “We have so much to do, especially the guys responsible for the software who will now slave around the clock on 18 hour shifts. But whoever can win together, can also work hard together.” Marko said that the team’s normal development processes are also working well ahead of the new season. “Our measurements have shown that the new parts we were bringing work as desired, making the car better,” he is quoted by Auto Bild. “The fact that it did not look good on the track was due to the engine software,” he revealed. Mercedes is the clear early-season title favourite, but the German squad’s Toto Wolff is not writing off Red Bull. “I am sure they will come back,” he is quoted by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The only question is when. “In our view, hopefully as late as possible,” Wolff is also quoted by APA news agency. It is emerging that, amid the reigning world champions’ obvious problems with engine partner Renault and the new turbo V6 ‘power unit’, the actual basic design of the Adrian Newey-penned RB10 is solid. Lewis Hamilton has called the RB10 “stunning”, and McLaren’s Jenson Button also thinks it is fast. “I was with (Daniel) Ricciardo for several laps and he couldn’t pass me on the straights,” said the Briton at the end of pre-season testing in Bahrain. “He passed me on the outside of turn 11, which is high speed – I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Button is quoted by Spain’s Marca sports newspaper. Nevertheless there are those on the outside who are less convinced that Red Bull can recover quickly. “I think a Mercedes will win the title,” ex Formula 1 driver Timo Glock told T-online. Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone is not unhappy that his friend Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are struggling, telling Bild newspaper that “the fans need a new winner to make the sport exciting again.” He added: “Red Bull are not going to run away just because they don’t win everything again.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN.