Marko: Most talented outside Red Bull? Clearly Leclerc

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Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has offered high praise for Charles Leclerc, rating the Ferrari driver second only to his own charge Max Verstappen.

Speaking to motorsport-total.com, the long-time consultant for the energy drinks outfit did not hesitate when asked to name the best talent outside his own Red Bull stable.

“Leclerc. Clearly Leclerc”, he said.

Under contract with the Scuderia until 2024, it is unlikely Leclerc ends up driving a Red Bull in the near future, if ever. In any case, Marko likes his chances of finding the next great talent in-house.

“I would say, without being arrogant here: with the boys, if they have a choice, they’ll choose Red Bull first.”

Pressed on whether that might change with his reputation for ruthlessness in dismissing underperforming drivers, Marko was adamant it wouldn’t.

“We have our system, it works. We are not willing to compromise and these are fair contracts.”