Marc Marquez, Webber

Marquez: F1 maybe a serious idea for me in a few years

Marc Marquez, Webber

Four times MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez drove a Formula 1 car for the first time at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Tuesday but said his focus remained firmly on two wheels for the next few years at least, while hinting that a more serious foray is a possibility beyond 2020.

The Repsol Honda rider, advised by former Red Bull F1 racer Mark Webber and watched by retired triple champion Niki Lauda, drove a V8 engined car liveried in Toro Rosso colours at the test.


“My complete focus in the coming years will remain on MotoGP,” the 25-year-old Spaniard, whose team also have Red Bull as a sponsor, said afterwards.

“I’m part of a fantastic team, and I feel fully motivated. Who knows though, maybe Formula 1 will be a serious idea for me in a few years’ time.”

Marquez leads the MotoGP championship, despite failing to score at Mugello in Italy at the weekend after crashing while chasing in second place.

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko suggested Marquez could one day make the leap to Formula 1.

The late John Surtees remains the only man to have won world titles on two wheels and four while his fellow-Briton Mike Hailwood also competed successfully in both.

Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has also tested with Ferrari in the past while Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, a triple MotoGP champion, has driven a Mercedes.

Double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who now races for McLaren, has tested Marquez’s 2015 Honda MotoGP machine.

Marko said after the Marquez’s run, “In the coming years he is going to break a lot more records in MotoGP. Maybe after that, Formula 1 will actually be a possibility.”

“Marc started at 1:21 and got down to 1:14. He is an exception in the MotoGP and it looks similar here at the Formula 1. I am happy that he gets along so quickly. A slower program was intended in the first case but I said Marc can do this instantly — and he confirmed that.”

“Up to now only a few exceptional talents, such as John Surtees, have managed to compete in both racing series. Marc also has what it takes. Today definitely wasn’t the last time he will sit in a Formula 1 car,” added Marko.

Webber, who was was on hand to advise Marquez, said afterwards, “It’s impressive, because obviously Marc is at the top of his game on two wheels and to come to drive a Formula 1 car, the way we generate the lap time is just so different.”

“We have so much downforce, so much cornering grip, the lateral component, the seating position is unique because the eyeline is different.

“A super-impressive morning. He chipped away, we got into the braking areas, we got into the high-speed corners, and now we’re into this last part which takes a bit longer to get the last bit of lap time out.”

“In general it’s been a real honour to be here. He’s driven awesome,” added the Australian.

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