Max Verstappen – Red Bull councilor Helmut Marko backs champion for more success – SPORT NEWS PEDIA

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Red Bull Motorsport consultant Helmut Marko believes Max Verstappen can still improve after the Dutchman’s first world title.

“He is a driver that I’m sure is not at the end of his abilities,” said Marko, a former Formula 1 driver.

“We have seen his performance of him in qualifying in the last two races, in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi. He has done qualifying laps that were a lot more than the car could offer.

“And that’s why we believe we haven’t seen Max Verstappen’s climax. The more he wins, the more he relaxes.”

Marko, who runs Red Bull’s motorsport business as co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s right-hand man, signed Verstappen to the beverage company’s F1 program in 2014 before the Dutchman had even driven an F1 car.

He gave Verstappen his first opportunity to drive a Grand Prix weekend – in free practice for the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix – just five days after his 17th birthday.

In 2015, Verstappen joined Toro Rosso to become the youngest driver to start an entire F1 season. And in 2016, after promotion to Red Bull’s senior team after four races of the season, he won his debut by becoming the youngest ever to win an F1 Grand Prix.

Marko said: “The first serious discussion I had with him was when he was 15. I saw him in a Formula 3 race where he was much better than anyone else.

“He was wet and dry and after this race, which he won for miles, I had an argument with him for almost two hours – normally with a young man I talk for 20 minutes – and was surprised at how mature man he was he was in a very body. young.

“His determination of him or his will to win – he knew what he wanted to do.

“We were talking about the future and so on and after two or three weeks we said to ourselves: ‘Forget all the other junior activities, let’s go straight to Formula 1′”

Marko, who was speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said Verstappen has developed significantly in his seven-year career so far.

“He learned pretty quickly. He’s very emotional, which he controlled more and more,” said Marko.

“He can be quite stubborn. But he has matured without losing the very strong characteristics of him.

“But even his personality – which was strong enough when he was young – is becoming stronger and stronger.

“He goes his way. He doesn’t look left or right. He isn’t worried about all this media stuff and so on. And it’s nice to see such a young guy being so focused on doing a fantastic job.”

“Fortunately it is now over with the first world championship. I’m sure it won’t be the last (world championship) and we will work hard to go to the next one.”

“If you lose you have to accept it”

Verstappen won the title under controversial circumstances in the last race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The controversial handling of a late-race safety car period left Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who had dominated the race and was in the running for the title, exposed on old tires after Verstappen pitted for new ones.

When the race was restarted for a final lap in circumstances that Mercedes felt were against the rules, Verstappen overtook Hamilton to clinch the title.

Mercedes said it would appeal against the race marshals’ decision to dismiss their post-race protest regarding the handling of events by race director Michael Masi.

Marko said he “understands” why Mercedes was “unhappy”.

But he said: “What I don’t understand: they also had the opportunity to go to the pits too. They didn’t. So it was their mistake.”

Mercedes felt they could not stop Hamilton because it would have meant losing the advantage over Verstappen, which Red Bull would almost certainly have left on track.

The tire performance offset between Verstappen and Hamilton would have been far less pronounced at that event – and Mercedes knew that if the two drivers crashed, which they considered likely if Hamilton had to overtake, the title would go to Verstappen. .

Marko added: “And to influence Michael Masi, the race director, not to give a safety car. It is not their responsibility.

“We were really disappointed to see that they showed up with a lawyer, one of the highest paid British lawyers, to show up for the last race.

“We bring the best-paid engineers into the race to get the most out of the car. So the way they behaved

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