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Marko: Wolff has no confidence in his own people

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Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s Formula 1 consultant, took a swipe at Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff accusing him that he has not faith in his own technical people.

Marko’s statement cam in the aftermath of news that Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey has resigned with the team, with team boss Christian Horner insisting the celebrated F1 designer “won’t be going anywhere for some time”.

However it seems that Mercedes, currently enduring one of their worst F1 seasons, the second in a row actually, since their dominant 2014-2021 era, have tried to poach Newey from Red Bull, but failed.

That is what Helmut Marko claimed, speaking to F1-Insider, he said: “It seems [Toto] Wolff has no confidence that his own people can solve the problems with the Mercedes.”

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Mercedes have recently undergone a major restructure in their technical department, with former Technical Director Mike Elliott taking on the role of Chief Technical Officer, a hands off role previously held by James Allison, who has returned to the day to day running of the eight-time Constructors’ Champions’ engineering team, a role he previously held between 2017 and 2021.

Ferrari also approaching Red Bull technical staff

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed Sergio Perez of Mexico and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrate with their team after the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 05, 2023 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Allison took step back after in 2022 and held the Chief Technical Officer role in an attempt to reduce his work load, but with Elliott bungling Mercedes’ 2022 and 2023 car designs with his slim sidepods approach, the team made the switch in hopes to recover.

And as if that was not enough, it seems also that Ferrari, who have recently lost their head of vehicle concept to McLaren as part of a technical reshuffle at Woking, where looking to lure Red Bull’s Technical Director Pierre Wache to Maranello, but also failed to do so.

Marko commented on Ferrari’s attempts; he said: “We like to see Ferrari competitive, but it doesn’t work that way. We are not at a bazaar. Moreover, Wache does not want to change teams and we would not agree to it.”

Mercedes and Ferrari seem to be taking a leaf out of Aston Martin’s “How to Succeed in Formula 1” book, after the British team hired Red Bull’s former head of aerodynamics, Dan Fallows as their technical boss, and who can be credited for the quantum leap the team has done in 2023 penning the impressive AMR23, that seems to consistently be the second fastest car on the grid, with Fernando Alonso steering it to four podiums in the first five races of the season.