The program at Renault or Mercedes is not so successful: Helmut Marko

Red Bull and its sister team AlphaTauri have a strong driver line-up this season. With Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen featuring for Red Bull, rookie Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly are featuring for AlphaTauri.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is delighted with all 4 drivers. When asked about the chances of Formula 2 driver Jehan Daruvala getting an entry into the pinnacle of motorsport, Marko said anything is possible.

He spoke about the rapid rise of Tsunoda and said similar consistency will need to be shown.

On the topic of the young Japanese driver, Marko said that a string of good performances will put him in the reckoning for a seat at Red Bull.

“It is the same story (with Yuki),  he did well in one race. We say: ‘Let’s talk in autumn, let’s talk in September.’ We are realistic. There has to be performance over a period of time,” Marko said.

Marko further spoke about how AlphaTauri works as a perfect stepping stone for future Red Bull drivers.

“You cannot put someone like Yuki in a Red Bull car straight away, he is not experienced enough for the job. You needed an experienced driver and we only had another experienced driver in Gasly who was needed as the team leader at AlphaTauri.

“We are the only that junior team which produced a world champion, which produced Grand Prix winners,” Marko continued.

“There must be a will to succeed and must be some personality but everybody is different.

“We don’t model drivers on a scheme. We try to see individuals.

“The programs at Renault or Mercedes are not as successful. The drivers are human beings and they all are different and that is what we like.” 

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