Max Verstappen’s lead dwindled in Qatar by six points. The Dutchman is still eight points ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton. The next race, the one in Saudi Arabia, also seems right up the side of Mercedes in advance.
Helmut Marko disagrees, however. “Saudi Arabia is called a Mercedes track, but how many times did things like this come out this year? We just have to win there.”
“What I heard from Hermann Tilke, the track designer, is that they are fast passages, but they are not absolute straights. A lot will depend on the performance of the tires, as we saw in Qatar.”
Marko takes hope from an important difference that could be seen in Qatar: “Mercedes is no longer superior in top speed. I assume this was because they changed a wing spar.”
Marko explains where things went wrong in Qatar
Red Bull flew off the starting blocks at the Losail International Circuit, but Mercedes soon took over command.
“We started well here, but we failed to find the right balance. With Hamilton it was exactly the opposite. That is our goal for Saudi Arabia,” he says. Server TV.
“It’s a new job for everyone, but we don’t travel in awe to both races in the Middle East.”