Marko aims for new two-way battle in 2022: “Russell still has to prove himself”


Helmut Marko is looking forward to the 2022 battle with the Mercedes men. Despite the arrival of George Russell, however, he does not think the title fight will be between three men next year.

After an exciting season, Red Bull Racing managed to break through the hegemony of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi. After a sensational denouement, Max Verstappen came out on top in a thriller on the Yas Marina Circuit and all the stories from last season only mean that the knives will be sharpened again in 2022 at the Red Bull and Mercedes teams.

New battle?

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Despite the new regulations, Marko does not think there are many drivers who can join the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen next year. “Our goal is again the world title. Of course you never know for sure how things will go with such a major rule change. It is true that Mercedes and we have the greatest potential, the best people and continuity in house. That hints at a new duel at the highest level. Especially because there are no drivers as good as Hamilton and Verstappen”. says the Austrian to Auto, Motor und Sport.

Attack from Russell?

The Red Bull advisor is taking a closer look at the rest of the field. “Maybe Lando Norris can keep up. Charles Leclerc was mocked by Carlos Sainz this year. George Russell will offer a bigger challenge to Hamilton. But he is also English. He is a very fast driver in qualifying, but in the race. sometimes it is disappointing. The distance to Nicholas Latifi was not so great in the end. He will have to prove himself first,” says Marko. He doesn’t worry about his own pupil. “Max doesn’t need a start-up time. He’s always fast right away,” he laughs.

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