Marko Helmut promises ‘significant’ engine upgrade for Red Bull to derail Ferrari title challenge

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko promises a “significant boost” on the track through an update that his team is set to make available to both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Marko had previously admitted that Red Bull was struggling with the weight of its car due to a change in the regulations.

The new regulations allow the cars to be 795kg excluding fuel, which is 43kg heavier compared to last year.

Marko has revealed that these updates can be expected as early as the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which would feature in the fourth round.

“The Ferrari is a car that is always fast, in all conditions [regardless of] temperature or tyres,” Marko said on Servus TV.

“Our car is definitely more difficult to tune, but we will lose some weight in Imola.”

Will Red Bull hold the advantage now?


Marko admitted that this could very well give Red Bull the advantage over Ferrari, a team that seems to have found the right formula early in the season.

“That should give us a significant time advantage, time gain in other words,” he said.

“I think we are in a good position, but we have an almost equal opponent in Ferrari. [Charles] Leclerc is driving absolutely flawless this season, so it will be an exciting year.”

The drama will now shift base to Albert Park, which will see the return of the Australian Grand Prix after a brief hiatus due to the pandemic.

Marko did not want to get too giddy about Red Bull’s chances in Melbourne, and offered a word of caution to fans.

“I think it will be more or less like here [in Saudi Arabia],” he said.

“It’s all about who can get the car set up in the best possible way. The track has suited us in the past, but it is difficult. It will probably be particularly exciting again.”

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