F1 »

F1 Monaco GP: Helmut Marko: I was the hero…

Helmut Marko says he has gone from 'zero to hero' in the wake of Max Verstappen's Spanish Grand Prix win on the weekend he replaced Daniil Kvyat.
Helmut Marko has revealed he only expected a podium from Max Verstappen in his first races as a Red Bull Racing driver, saying he feels vindicated by the formerly controversial decision to replace Daniil Kvyat.

The shock driver shuffle ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix had dominated the headlines, but with the Dutchman going on to claim a sensational win in Barcelona, the swap decision is now being hailed as inspired.

For Marko, who took much criticism ahead of the race for ditching a driver that had been on the podium only two races earlier, he says going from 'zero to hero' is indicative of how quickly the sport can change.

“No risk no fun - that's Red Bull DNA,” he told the official F1 website. “Remember: only one and a half years ago we were called 'criminals' for putting a 17-year old youngster in a Formula One car - now we are heroes!

“We always knew he would do well - and that it was not too early for him. There was never the intention that he should win his first race - we wanted him to grow slowly into the team.

“I was the hero. You see how fast it can go: from zero to hero in only a race distance. But to be honest, that doesn't really affect me.”

Reflecting on the decision to fast-track Verstappen into F1 for 2015, Marko says it was his mature attitude and articulation that persuaded him to take a risk in signing him.

“He looks 18, but at my first meeting with him, the most important one when he was 16 years old, he articulated himself about his future like a 24-year old. The vision he'd got about where he wanted to be was unbelievable for somebody so young.”
by Ollie Barstow



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
15.05.2016- Race 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 race winner and Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
15.05.2016- Race 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 race winner and Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
15.05.2016- Race 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 race winner and Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
15.05.2016- Race 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 race winner and Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H pole position
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, 3rd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H pole position and 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H pole position and 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H pole position and 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, The steering wheel of Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
29.04.2017 - Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


2725

May 28, 2016 1:40 PM

  •   Reply
  •   3 agree
  •   0 disagree


© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.