Marko Believes Ferrari Could Have Best Qualifying Driver, Sees Improvement

Helmut Marko, Red Bull adviser, aims for Max Verstappen‘s fourth world title in F1 2024, acknowledging Ferrari, especially Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, as their main competitor, despite expecting a closer competition than the previous dominant season.

Highlights

‣ After a dominant season, there are questions about whether Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing will continue to outpace their competition in F1 2024 or if rivals are closing the gap.

‣ Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko aims for Verstappen’s fourth world title in the next season, highlighting Verstappen’s improvement and dominance in the 2023 season.

‣ Marko identifies Ferrari, with drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, as the main competitor to Red Bull, noting their strength in qualifying and potential to challenge Red Bull’s dominance.

‣ Despite not expecting the same level of dominance as the previous year, Marko believes the world title is still clearly within reach for Red Bull and Verstappen, indicating a competitive but hopeful outlook for the 2024 season.


Oh, the F1 drama’s heating up after Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team left everyone else eating their dust. Everyone’s buzzing with the same question: Is Verstappen zooming even further ahead in his RB20, or is the pack catching up? And who’s really gunning for his spot at the top?

Helmut Marko, the guy with all the inside scoops from Red Bull, spilled some beans recently. He’s got his eyes on the prize for next season. “We’re gunning for Max’s fourth world title,” he declared, not beating around the bush. According to him, Max is somehow getting even better. Imagine that! In 2023, Verstappen practically owned the podium, clinching 19 out of 22 races. Talk about being on fire.

Now, if Marko had to bet on who’s breathing down their necks, it’s the Ferrari duo – Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. He’s noticed Ferrari inching closer, especially in qualifying rounds. And he’s not shy to admit that Leclerc’s got some mad skills in qualifying. “In a place like Monte Carlo, starting at the front is half the battle,” Marko pointed out.

But don’t think Marko’s losing any sleep over the competition. He’s pretty confident that a scenario where Red Bull doesn’t win a single race is off the table. However, he’s bracing for a tighter race to the top. “Don’t expect us to dominate as we did last year, but yeah, we’re still the ones to beat,” he concluded, with a hint of caution in his optimism.

So, there you have it. The F1 world is all set for another adrenaline-pumping season. Will Verstappen and Red Bull keep their lead, or will the tides turn? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure – it’s going to be a thrilling ride.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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