Red Bull were the best of the rest behind Mercedes in 2020. They are now hoping to bridge the gap to Mercedes so that they can become championship contenders and as such, any advantage would be helpful. Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko has now exposited on one such possible advantage during an interview with RTL
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Situation At Mercedes That Marko Hopes Could Help Out Red Bull
Marko began by revealing some positive news
“We are getting positive data from Honda in terms of an increase in performance. And our chassis has also been further developed during the winter”
He also pointed out how their driver line-up is more complete now
“We now have a driver who will be close to Max, so we are no longer a one-man team, everything has been done to eliminate the weaknesses”
He then looked at the contract situation surrounding Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes
“Either Hamilton takes a sabbatical, or he somehow finds a deal with Mercedes anyway. There are no interesting seats available at other teams”
He signed off by being hopeful that this situation works in their favor
“The whole situation is obviously causing unrest at the Mercedes team. Let's hope that we at Red Bull benefit from that”
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has revealed that “of all the teams in Formula 1”, he “always thought” he “wouldn't stand a chance at Red Bull”
He added that it’s “hard to believe and” he doesn't “know if it's because” he “thought Red Bull was never a possibility or just the feeling of driving for such a big team”
AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost feels that they “are in an optimal scenario for next season with the perfect lineup”
He further explained that they “have an experienced driver and a young driver who can learn from him, especially when it comes to the technology and the setup of the car”
He also feels that “Mercedes is the clear favorite. They still have a clear lead, especially on the engine side”
However, Tost expects that their “engine partner Honda will still come up with something, which will show how well they have done”
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has confirmed that “early in the summer, Gene Haas and” he had “a long talk about what was the best direction for the team and how” they “should move forward”
Steiner, therefore, “went to him with this idea” of hiring two rookie drivers for 2021
He added that “it's certainly not a short-term decision either” and that he is “against giving one-year contracts, because you only really know each other well after a year”
He further suggested that “2021 will therefore be a learning year, in order to achieve results in 2022”
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel thinks that “everyone probably likes it when they are in an environment where they stand up for each other and work for each other”
He added that he has “seen a lot of new faces so far at Aston Martin, but” he’s “confident that it will work out”
He also thinks that he is “at a better point, with more experience and a clearer view of” his “own future”
Which is “why you can't really compare” his time at Red Bull with that of his time at Aston Martin now even though “on paper there are definitely things that are similar”
Retired F1 driver Romain Grosjean has confirmed that “it's going well. It still hurts, but” he already has “no splint on” his “thumb and no bandages on” his “hands”
He also revealed that he “didn't have any nightmares or things like that”. They “did work on it with” his “psychologist. But” he “didn't have any mental problems from it”, he’s “very happy about that”
Did Haas make the right call in signing two rookie drivers for 2021?
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