Saturday in Qatar did not go as planned for Red Bull. That Max Verstappen finished second behind Lewis Hamilton was not so much a surprise, but the gap of almost half a second was. Helmut Marko is also concerned about the gap that has arisen.
The Austrian says to SkySports Germany that the alarm bells should gradually go off at Red Bull, before the gap with Mercedes becomes too big. “The gap is a bit alarming. We managed to make up in sector one, where we lost a lot at the beginning, but then we fell behind again in sector two. So it’s constant back and forth, the car is never equally good over a round.”
Marko starts the race positively in Qatar
Despite the gap being clear, Marko is a bit more positive about Sunday’s race in Doha. According to the Austrian, Red Bull usually performs better there. “Normally we do much better with a full tank of fuel, so I hope we can deliver a close race. Let’s see what Hamilton’s pace is, but it will be a tough and difficult race.”
Hamilton can significantly reduce the gap with Verstappen
The race in Qatar is Hamilton’s next chance to narrow the gap with Verstappen, now 14 points, again. With two races to go in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, the gap could be so small that any mistake by the Brit or the Dutchman could prove fatal in the battle for the world championship. To achieve this, Hamilton must of course win the race in Qatar.