Despite a record 24 Grands Prix scheduled for 2024, Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko doubts all the races will take place due to potential disruptions like those that led to cancellations in 2023.
‣ A record number of 24 Grands Prix are scheduled for 2024, the same number that was originally planned for 2023 but was not achieved due to cancellations.
‣ Helmut Marko, who oversees drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, has expressed doubts about whether all 24 races will be able to take place in 2024.
‣ Marko believes it is an illusion to think that the number of victories can be increased in 2024, given the current global situation.
‣ The Imola race was cancelled last season due to a natural disaster, and the Shanghai race was cancelled due to coronavirus-related entry restrictions.
2024 is shaping up to be a hectic year for drivers and their teams. A record-breaking 24 Grands Prix are on the calendar.
However, it’s worth noting that the same number was initially planned for 2023. Unfortunately, the races in China and Imola had to be cancelled due to various circumstances.
The question now is, will all the races in 2024 take place? Helmut Marko, a key figure in the racing world, has his doubts.
Marko is 80 years old now. For most, that’s the perfect age to retire. But not Marko.
He’d rather be behind a Red Bull can and a computer screen, watching his drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in action. Last year, he saw Red Bull clinch 21 out of 22 Grands Prix from his pit box.
But Marko isn’t one to live in illusions. He’s skeptical about the upcoming 2024 season.
Marko told oe24, “It’s an illusion that we’ll succeed.” He’s not just talking about adding to the number of victories. He’s also unsure if all 24 races will actually take place.
He pointed out that Imola didn’t happen this year due to a natural disaster. Considering the current state of the world, he thinks it’s overly optimistic to believe everything will go as planned.
Last season, Imola was cancelled just days before the start. The reason? Heavy rainfall in the Italian region.
China, on the other hand, had to call off the Shanghai race earlier. This was due to entry restrictions related to the coronavirus.
However, these restrictions have since been lifted. International travellers are now free to enter the Asian country again.
So, what’s next? Only time will tell.