This year in Dr. Helmut Marko quotes make you smile again
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Helmut Marko and S. Vettel, photo by gptoday.com
As long as Dr. Helmut Marko is Red Bull’s consultant, his quotes will not leave people indifferent. Sometimes, he could be so unpredictable, sometimes his words sound like thunder, like” Yesterday was different! “As the eventful F1 2020 season draws to a close, let’s read Dr. Helmut Marko’s quotes on the highlights of current topics that make you smile or think.
Helmut Marko is a consultant for the Red Bull Formula 1 teams since 2005. Born on 27 April 1943 in Graz, Austria. Marko holds a doctorate in law since 1967. He owns two hotels in Graz – the Schlossberghotel and the Augartenhotel. He was manager of the Austrian racing drivers Gerhard Berger and Karl Wendlinger. Since 1999 he has headed the Red Bull driver development program, which brings talented drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen into Formula 1.
It started at the beginning of the year when he suggested to the Austrian television station ORF a “coronavirus camp” to infect the Red Bull and Alpha Tauri drivers:
“We have four Formula 1 drivers and eight or ten juniors.”
“The idea was that we organize a camp to mentally and physically bridge the dead time and that would be the ideal time for the infection to come.
“These are all strong young men in really good health. That way they would be prepared whenever the action starts. And you can be ready for what will probably be a very tough championship once it starts.”
Asked how his vision was received by Red Bull executives, he added:
“Let’s put it this way, it has not been well received.”
Dr. Helmut Marko Red Bull Racing F1 Team
Dr. Helmut Marko about Red Bull prospects for the 2020 season:
He came with direct willing to fight for F1 constructor’s championship, as telling Motorsport-Total.com:
“We want to fight for the World Championship, and we know that we have to be competitive with the chassis right from the start, so from the very first race”.
Helmut Marko with Christian Horner
“Honda has made gains for next year and, after everything that has been achieved so far, we assume that this [fighting from the start of the season] will happen. That means we have no excuses.”
Honda’s withdrawal from Formula 1
When announcing Honda’s retirement from Formula 1, Helmut Marko was very vocal in his conversation with Speedweed:
“We work in all directions because we knew about Honda’s decision for a long time.
“Mr. Horner is a team principal, but not involved in strategic matters. Mr. Mateschitz and I have known for a long time.”
Then Dr Helmut Marko was accused of blackmailing the teams into agreeing to an engine stop so that Red Bull could take over the Honda program, telling Auto Bild,
“The deciding factor is whether the engines will be frozen in their development from 2022.
“Otherwise we don’t have the capacity to operate these very complicated engines. This is not blackmailing, this is a fact.”
Lewis Hamilton vs Helmut Marko
Lewis Hamilton and Against Racism Actions.
Dr. Helmut Marko received recognition after Lewis Hamilton accused him of racism
“Some drivers are distracted, talking about lives which matter”.
It cited German broadcaster RTL was quoted as the source for the quote, but this was not confirmed. Hamilton reacted strongly to the alleged quote and wrote on social media:
“Helmut, it deeply saddens me that you consider fighting for equal treatment of black people and people of colour a distraction. I’m actually quite offended.”
Marko said that as far as he was concerned, the matter was dealt with, “in good faith” and his sympathies lay with Hamilton telling Motorsport.com,
“He is emotionally very involved.“As a racing driver, he is not obliged to do research whether this is true or not. In that respect, his reaction is understandable to me.”