Red Bull and Mercedes took one championship a piece in 2021. While Mercedes ended up winning the Constructors’ Championship for an eighth consecutive time, Milton-Keynes broke their streak for the Drivers’ Championship through Max Verstappen.
2022 will see new regulations introduced into the sport, meaning it is a complete reset for the grid. The top teams may not be at the top anymore, but the Austrian thinks his team and Merc would still be the benchmarks.
Marko insisted that he was looking forward to resuming the rivalry with Mercedes and fighting for championships again.
“All I can say is that we want to defend Max Verstappen’s title and are very well positioned to do so,” Marko told F1-Insider, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“We had two different development programmes running in 2021. Both worked.
“There’s no reason to believe that Mercedes and we aren’t the favourites again this year. Unless someone has found the philosopher’s stone in the new regulations.”
Mercedes and Red Bull both had extremely tiring, taxing and stressful seasons. The 78-year-old Marko had a hectic one himself, and after the season finale retreated to a health resort in Innsbruck as part of his annual winter break.
He went to the exclusive Lanserhok Lans resort for a 10-day stay as part of his detox, and to prepare himself for the new season that will begin in March.
“It was like a sauna for the soul, too,” Marko spoke of his holiday destination.
“Mobile phones were only allowed in the evenings, to detox the body and mind from all the stress that accumulates in a year – I highly recommend!”