“Pierre Gasly is almost as fast as Max Verstappen!” : Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko wants his team to work on improving his star driver’s car ahead of Saudi Arabian GP
Helmut Marko has raised concerns about Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen’s tight lap times during qualifying for the Qatar GP.
Max Verstappen failed to take pole position in the last two races. In both Brazil and Qatar, the Red Bull driver was comfortably overqualified by title rival Lewis Hamilton, who finished P1 in both.
On the other hand, Helmut Marko is more worried about the proximity of the lap times of Alpha Tauri driver Pierre Gasly to those of Verstappen.
A puncture and a P4 finish for @PierreGASLY in qualification
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The Italian team was formerly known as Toro Rosso and is a sister team to Red Bull. They served as a springboard for young drivers from the Red Bull academy. However, they have never been able to match the performance of their parent team.
Gasly was only six tenths behind Verstappen in the Qatar GP. This left Marko very confused as the AlphaTauri car is not supposed to be as fast as them.
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“If car B is successful, not everything went well with car Max Verstappen”
Red Bull’s motorsport adviser said his team needed to redouble their efforts to find the problem. While Verstappen’s car behaves similarly to Gasly’s, Mercedes has a huge advantage for the last two races.
“Gasly was almost as quick in qualifying with Alpha Tauri as Verstappen with Red Bull.” said Marko. “If Car B is successful, then everything could not have gone well with Car A. Red Bull needs to perform better in Saudi Arabia.”
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The Austrian believes Verstappen has the advantage over Hamilton in Saudi Arabia due to the first’s strong street circuit outings in 2021. The 24-year-old finished 1st in Monaco and was also on course for a dominant victory in Baku before its tire failure. .
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“We believe in Max’s potential on street circuits,” he explains. “He won in Monaco. In Baku, he was clearly dominant before his wheel problem.
“I think it can make a difference again. »Concluded the head of Red Bull. Verstappen is just 8 points ahead of Hamilton with two races to go. F1 will make its Saudi Arabia debut at the Jeddah Corniche circuit next week. It will be followed by the season finale in Abu Dhabi a week later.