Red Bull‘s motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, has said that the ongoing sanctions imposed on the team have the potential to start hitting harder as rivals are granted more time to develop their cars. The Milton Keynes-based squad was handed a $7m fine and a 10% cut in aero development time for the 2021 season for violating the cost cap regulations in the wake of Max Verstappen‘s drivers’ title victory last year. Marko said that Red Bull was far from being at ease despite appearing to be comfortable in the lead.
The thought of Red Bull winning all the races during the F1 season has been debunked by Marko, dismissing Mercedes driver George Russell‘s statement. Despite dominating the first race in Bahrain, Marko thinks the track conditions in Bahrain were unique, and it does not accurately predict the performance of the RB19 on other circuits.
Marko admitted that Red Bull was not entirely sure why the RB19 struggled to find the right balance in practice in Bahrain. However, he denied rumours that the team suffered from raising the ride height to overcome the problems in the plank rubbing. He suggested that other factors such as temperature, sand, or some other element could have contributed to the understeer, which they worked tirelessly to overcome in time for the pole position and victory.