Helmut Marko looks forward to next season with confidence. The 77-year-old Austrian says Red Bull Racing was faster than Mercedes in Bahrain last week, regardless of what fuel levels would have been driven. Moreover, Max Verstappen has yet to show all he has to offer.
“We had no issues, the car responded the way we wanted it to and the new Honda engine delivered what the data had promised in advance.“said a delighted Marko in a conversation with Car image. However, according to Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing is not the favorite at the start of the season. Marko is a little more optimistic.
Red Bull faster than its rival
Red Bull Racing advisor says the RB16B was faster than Mercedes’ 2021 car. “But we also know that Mercedes drove on more fuel and didn’t show it all. Yet they wouldn’t have come close to us even if they had driven on less fuel. Max in particular still has a lot to do. to do.”, he explains.
According to Marko, Verstappen has yet to get everything out of his new car. The expectation at Red Bull is that new teammate Sergio Perez won’t be able to keep up with the 23-year-old Limburger when we talk about lap speed. “But Perez will be extremely strong in the race and score a lot of points.”
Comparison with Mercedes
At the Austrian racing team, they are in any case very satisfied with the progress of the winter testing. Marko previously spoke about the best preparation in Red Bull history. “When you look at the vehicles on board, you get the impression that Max was in last year’s Mercedes and the Mercedes drivers in our 2020 car.” The CEO wants to say that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas had to correct each time behind the wheel in Bahrain, while Verstappen did not have to.