Red Bull needs to up its game or risk losing Sebastian Vettel, admits Helmut Marko, as quadruple reigning world champion Vettel prepares to either retire or finish outside the points as the 2014 season kicks off this weekend in Melbourne.
Marko admitted to Bild newspaper: “If our disastrous state does not change soon, I could not blame him for thinking about a change.”
Vettel, 26, sat down with his mechanics in Melbourne on Tuesday for his traditional pre-season dinner, where he named his uncompetitive RB10 car an unspectacular ‘Suzie’.
Marko told Sport Bild magazine: “After the test in Bahrain, we would be happy if we finish in the points in Australia.
“We know that we have a good car,” he added, “but we’ll only know if the engine is good if we get it to work properly. The decisive factor is the new software that our engineers wrote for Renault.”
But for now Vettel is taking the situation in good spirits, saying ahead of Melbourne, “It’s great to be starting the season next week. We didn’t do as much running as we would have liked in testing this year, so we have work to do in Melbourne, but it will be good to get to the first race.”
“It’s hard to know where we are; it’s fair to say that we’re not the favourites to win and we have to catch up with others that have completed more mileage, but we’ll do our best with the great people that we have working for the team.”
“We have achieved a lot together and I know everyone is working flat out as normal,” added the world champion. (GMM)
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