Red Bull’chief adviser, Helmut MarkusHe admits there are challenging days ahead for the team. That comes as RB18 from Max Verstappen suffered another retirement during the Australian GP, twice in three races so far. So Red Bull continues to struggle with the car’s reliability and weight issues.
Speaking of what happened to Max Verstappen’s car in Australia, Marko as quoted by racingnews365.com, called, “Gas leaked, but we don’t know where and how. It just spilled a lot of gas. That’s why we said he should stop immediately – preferably where there is a fire extinguisher.”
It was clarified that the problem was different than in Bahrain where the car quickly lost power. Reliability issues aside, Red Bull’s car appears to be the heaviest on the grid, costing them hefty sums of money as well.
Helmut Marko warns Red Bull of tough days
The Austrian has long been an important part of the team. In addition to many other roles, he was instrumental in the development of the RB18 and also in Max Verstappen’s long-term contract negotiations.
Helmut Marko spoke about the struggles for Red Bull and how with a cost cap of $140m it will be a challenge for the team. He said, “Not only do we have these reliability issues, which we’re actually largely unaware of—we don’t even know that. The other thing is this weight issue. We’re way ahead [heavier] from Ferrari there. It’s a difficult balancing act, even with the cost cap. Difficult times are ahead of us.”
Max Verstappen’s title defense has taken another blow in Australia. The Dutchman is now 46 points behind Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who has won both races that Max Verstappen failed to finish.
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