Why Marko disagrees with criticism of Red Bull junior programme

Why Marko disagrees with criticism of Red Bull junior programme

18 August - 11:47 Last update: 12:02

Red Bull Racing is known for giving talent a chance in Formula 1, but the Austrian stable's junior programme has also come in for a lot of criticism. The Milton Keynes-based team is said to drop young drivers easily, but Helmut Marko has a slightly different take on that.

There are many drivers who are supported by Red Bull in their younger years, but who are not offered a seat at AlphaTauri in Formula 1, for example. After a Formula 2 adventure, they then make the step to another racing class. Marko stresses that it's thanks to Red Bull that these drivers are being offered a seat elsewhere.

Majority of Red Bull talents succeed (elsewhere)

"Ninety-five per cent of the people we let go are driving DTM, GT, Formula E and making far more money than they could ever earn in a normal job. And that with the sport they love!", says Marko, who argues that Red Bull has laid the foundation for this. The Red Bull advisor The Red Bull advisor strongly disagrees with the statement that Red Bull lets young drivers down easily.

Daniel Ticktum (Formula E) and Lucas Auer (DTM). They didn't make it to Formula 1, but they're now farming out a good living doing something they love. Without Red Bull, they wouldn't have been able to do this, or at least not as easily.

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