Ricciardo`s roar calms doubts

Rumors circulate in the Hungaroring paddock that Dr. Helmut Marko could resign at the end of 2023.  

At 80, the former F1 driver and 1971 Le Mans winner is still one of the key executives in Red Bull's successful F1 programme. His current contract was thought to run until at least the end of 2024, but the death of Dietrich Mateschitz late last year has recently sparked rumors of a falling out with new Red Bull boss Oliver Mintzlaff. Asked about the rumors at the Hungaroring, the Austrian told Sky Germany: "I don't understand that. "My plan is to continue at least until next year. My contract is up until 2024, so I don't know where it came from."


Ahead of Hungary, Marko shocked the F1 world with the continued brutality of Red Bull's driver decisions, prompting the immediate dismissal of Nick de Vries from the AlphaTauri team. But when De Vries' successor Daniel Ricciardo overtook Yuki Tsunoda on the first try and put the car into Q3, Marko said his decision was already justified. Marko said "The team has a real comeback and everyone is smiling again. "Already on Friday the engineers were almost ecstatic with the great feedback we got from Ricciardo," he told Sport1. Mercedes manager Toto Wolff said on Saturday that he believes Ricciardo has been used as a 'benchmark' at AlphaTauri while Red Bull weighs whether to drop Sergio Perez next.

Marko went on to add “But Perez's contract is up until 2024. He needs to grow, but we just told him to focus and not look at Max all the time.” “He needs to relax a little more.” As for Japan's Tsunoda, who is seen as a possible successor to Perez at Red Bull's top team, his chances have been ruined by Ricciardo's explosive pace at his sister team AlphaTauri. "He doesn't care at all," Tsunoda told Viaplay when asked about Ricciardo's pace.