Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is confident in the last two races of the season. The Austrian assumes that Mercedes will leave the flexible rear wing at home and that Max Verstappen has a better chance because of this, he tells an F1 insider.
The thrilling title fight between Verstappen and rival Lewis Hamilton will continue in Saudi Arabia. Mercedes seems to have the upper hand, the last two races were won by the reigning world champion. The Red Bull adviser is not going to sit down and expect a smaller difference in the next race.
‘Had less advantage than in Brazil’
The flexible rear wing was not used by Mercedes in Qatar: “The FIA has introduced stricter testing for the rear wing. In Qatar we saw that Hamilton had less advantage than in Brazil.” However, the German team will fit the engine from Brazil in Saudi Arabia for Hamilton. “They will use the ‘rocket engine’ from Brazil, but without the rear wing it is no longer a four-tenths advantage,” says an optimistic Marko.
The street circuit in Jeddah will be an advantage for Verstappen’s team, Marko expects. “Max won in Monaco and dominated in Baku until he had a blowout. We therefore fully trust Max and his qualities on street circuits,” said the Red Bull adviser. He expects the driver to make the difference in Saudi Arabia.