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Marko: Can we win every race? That is gone now

Marko: Can we win every race? That is gone now

Marko: Can we win every race? That is gone now

Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull Racing’s consultant, pointed out the “Can Red Bull win every race” question is not obsolete following Max Verstappen’s DNF in the Australian Grand Prix.

The aforementioned question floated around the Formula 1 paddock quite a lot back in 2023, and despite being at their most dominant, Red Bull could not win all the races, Singapore slipping from their hands and Carlos Sainz winning it.

Fast forward to 2024, and despite the early signs that Red Bull and Verstappen will again be supreme, the answer for the same question was delivered quite early, as the triple F1 Champion retired on Lap two of the race down under with a rear right brake failure, again the driver capitalizing on Red Bull’s misery being Sainz who went on to win the race.

Speaking to the media after the race last Sunday, Marko said: “We know what happened but we don’t know why it [brake failure] happened.

“The brake got stuck in the first lap. In one corner already, where Max nearly lost the car, and then afterwards it got stuck completely,” he added.

Asked whether the inevitable aka the end of a streak has happened, he responded: “Of course, because I think he could have won the race.

“But let’s just think positive: the question that you were asking us ‘can we win every race’, that is gone now. So we don’t have this problem anymore,” he quipped.

The Championship is far more open

Red Bull have started the 2024 F1 season in style with Verstappen leading two consecutive one-two finishes for the team in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and despite his DNF in Melbourne and Sergio Perez finishing fifth, Red Bull still lead the F1 Constructors’ Championship from Ferrari albeit by four points only, the same advantage Verstappen hold on Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Standings.

“At the moment it’s far more open,” Marko said of the Championship. “But the problem we had, and yes, we had problems the whole weekend, I hope it’s related to this circuit.

“I mean we had similar problems in Singapore last year. So, I think Max comes back to Suzuka fully motivated and will show on a proper driver’s circuit who’s the king of the whole game here,” he insisted.

As for the other remaining Red Bull in the race, Perez struggled to keep up with the McLarens and the Ferraris ahead, and while team boss Christian Horner revealed the Mexican suffered some floor damage which impeded him, Marko also pointed out that the team did quite some experimenting with the setup of the #11 RB20.

He said: “The speed of Sergio was very disappointing but I mean he’s not two seconds slower than the leading guys, so there must be something in the setup.

“You know we did some experimental things yesterday. And maybe that especially on his car did go in the wrong direction, because I spoke with Max and he said he wasn’t worried.

“Even with his braking problem he could easily follow Sainz,” the Austrian maintained.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier in Melbourne)