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Red Bull lost in Qatar and Jeddah because of him, according to Marko

In the free practice day on Friday in Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen was able to place his Red Bull in fourth position, with a great difference compared to the Mercedes of his closest rival, Lewis Hamilton. However, Helmut Marko , an advisor to the Austrian team, preferred to keep the positive points he saw in Yas Marina.

“In the first practice session we were the fastest in one lap, and in the second we were the best in the long runs. Now we just have to combine those two things to have a good set-up, both for qualifying and for the race,” said the former pilot.

The latter seems easier said than done, but according to Marko, problems don’t have to be impossible to fix. Asked why the qualifying simulation under artificial lights was not what they expected, the Red Bull man explained: “It was because the changes to improve the long runs were a bit too risky. Also, we couldn’t get the tires to have the suitable temperature at one turn”.

Marko reminded that it cannot be assumed that this circuit will be beneficial for any of the teams, and also commented that in the last two races they lost the victory on their own.

“We have said before that there are no specific Mercedes or Red Bull tracks. As long as all the cars comply with the regulations and it is not Formula 1 against Formula 2, for sure we will compete.

“We lost in Jeddah and Qatar because of us,” Marko told Motorsport.com in the paddock , before quoting this last race: “But in terms of pure speed we were there.”

However, should a collision like the one in Saudi Arabia occur, the FIA stewards have made it clear that championship points deduction is a possibility.

Michael Masi mentioned it in his “race notes”, but Marko expressed that this reminder is completely unnecessary. “If there is an accident, it should be investigated neutrally. There is no point in rewriting something like that.” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner agrees with this, and sent a direct message. “I don’t think there was any discussion about deducting points after Silverstone.

Gallery: this was the Friday of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP of F1 for Red Bull

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Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal

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