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Marko: Rumour mill cooking since Hamilton to Ferrari news

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko ‘blames’ the Formula 1 Silly Season on Lewis Hamilton’s sensational move to Ferrari announcement in February, but insists there will be no Formula 1 driver decisions until mid-season in this report made possible by BC.GAME

Indeed Hamilton to Ferrari for 2025 shook the F1 world as the the sport’s greatest team united with this era’s greatest F1 driver as the seven-time World Champion joins Charles Leclerc at Maranello. That was announced on 1 February.

That meant one of the hottest properties in F1 – Carlos Sainz – was out of a job and one of the sport’s greatest teams – Mercedes – now need a driver to partner George Russell from next year, to replace Ferrari-bound Hamilton.

Throw into the fact that several drivers currently on the F1 grid are out of contract at the end of this season, among them Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, and the VCARB duo Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo.

29-year-old Sainz’s future is uncertain but his options are apparently plentiful, in no particular order: a Ferrari to Mercedes swap would make sense to both parties; links to Audi won’t go away; apparently, a lobby to get him to Aston Martin is underway and, last but not least, a return Red Bull.

If the F1 ‘Paddock Radio’ is to be trusted…

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If the latter is the case, it will only happen months from now revealed Marko in his post-Japanese Grand Prix column on Red Bull’ owned Speedweek: “In my opinion, the fact that the transfer rumour mill is already cooking like this at the beginning of April is due to several factors.

“First: Hamilton announced his move to Ferrari so early. And if the F1 ‘Paddock Radio’ is to be trusted, Audi wants a decision from Carlos Sainz very soon. Aston Martin is also putting pressure in several directions,” Marko said, confirming the Suzuka paddock gossip this past weekend.

“We do not take part in these games. We won’t hear from Red Bull Racing until the middle of the season about what’s going on, in terms of personnel,” insisted Marko.

Which means a pass for Ricciardo to get his act together, suggesting the once ruthlessly intolerant Doktor Marko has softened. Ask Daniil Kvyat, Pierre Gasly and more recently Nyck de Vries. And/or it appears big smiling Aussie has big ‘wasta‘ among the Red Bull bigwigs, Formula 1.