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Marko sees reasons for Red Bull's weakening dominance

Marko: "Teams have started to copy us, some are doing better"

29 May at 08:00
  • Renate van Holst

The weekend in Monaco did not go as hoped for Red Bull Racing. Drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez complained of an "uncontrollable" car all weekend and ultimately failed to reach the podium. Dr Helmut Marko cited several reasons for the decline in the Austrian team's dominance.

Ferrari and McLaren closing in

"We are now in our third year with the current regulations and other teams have started to copy us," Marko told OE24. "Some are doing better, as you see now with McLaren. Ferrari has also continuously developed." In recent races, Ferrari and McLaren have been getting closer and closer, with a smaller points difference between Red Bull and Ferrari than in the 2022 season.

British McLaren is also becoming increasingly dangerous for the Austrian racing stable. According to the Austrian, McLaren came up with better updates in Monaco. Marko argues that McLaren is now "reaping the benefits" of the arrival of chief designer Rob Marshall, who started at McLaren last January after 17 years at Red Bull.

According to Marko, there is also a big difference between the simulator and reality. "Our drivers came to Monte Carlo excited and told us the car was great over the kerbs," Marko says. "But as soon as they were actually in the car, they said it was uncontrollable."

This article was written in collaboration with Sophia Crothall.