Helmut Marko fears Mercedes’ strong comeback with 7x world champion Lewis Hamilton

Samriddhi Jaiswal
|Published 20/12/2022

Red Bull finally clinched the 2022 constructors’ title for the first time since 2013. The team also secured the drivers’ title with Max Verstappen 2-times in a row but heading into the 2023 season, Red Bull chief fears that Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton will come back stronger.

The Milton-Keynes-based team succeeded in ending the Silver Arrows’ 8-years of dominance in the sport in the 2022 season.

The battle for the title in the 2022 season was fought between Red Bull and Ferrari as the latter had entered the 2022 campaign with a strong package.

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Marko admits Lewis Hamilton is the top man

As the season progressed, reliability issues and strategic blunders saw the Scuderia fail to stay in the championship fight. Meanwhile, Mercedes, who had not started the season with strong results showed some improvement in terms of its performance and results towards the end of the season.

Given how the season turned out to be for their rival, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said that it is definitely Mercedes he fears the most heading into the 2023 season.

The Austrian admitted that the Silver Arrows are more stable than the Ferrari and they have Hamilton. Even though his 2022 campaign did not turn out to be in his favour, the Briton’s lap times show that he still is the top man, Marko told AMUS.

Red Bull chief does not understand the change at Ferrari

Failing to win the championship title yet again, Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto left the Maranello-based squad after the 2022 season. He will be replaced by Fredric Vasseur and several speculations about how the management at the Scuderia will be now have been made by the pundits.

Marko, however, does not understand this change in leadership. In his opinion, Binotto was a great engineer and politician.

The 79-year-old believes that Binotto was simply overwhelmed by the task at Ferrari but providing him with a sports director to support him on the track with the strategy would have been a better option than letting him leave.

Marko thinks that Vasseur, who is a new man in the Italian camp, will have to look after too many new things and could be weakening of Ferrari.

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Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal

Samriddhi Jaiswal is an F1 editor and writer at The SportsRush. She started her career as a business journalist but soon found her calling in lights out here we go! Samriddhi has been a Ferrari fan even when her interaction with F1 was occasional. Her first real experience with the thrilling sport came when Charles Leclerc clinched his iconic victory in Spa and Monza and painted the track red. Now, a Tifosi, Samriddhi is a hardcore fan of the prancing horse and can relate to the chaos within the Italian camp and also admires Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Off the track, she finds her home in books and musical instruments.

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