Marko voices unusual concern after Red Bull domination


Helmut Marko conceded Red Bull’s domination of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was “not nice” for fans as it eased to a second one-two of the season.

Max Verstappen cruised to his second win of the campaign in Jeddah, as Sergio Perez cleared Charles Leclerc to make it a maximum haul for the team – although Leclerc did snatch fastest lap.

It is Red Bull’s 23rd win from 24 races since the start of 2023 with Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren unable to take the fight to the Milton Keynes-based squad – with Marko feeling for the fans.

Compliments for Perez

“The car was good on every level, the tyre wear was ok, although it wasn’t very nice for the spectators, but we dominated,” Marko told Sky Sport Germany.

“It was a good race by Perez, he overtook Leclerc relatively quickly and then he created a five-second gap.

“After that, he actually drove the same lap times as Max, so we are very satisfied.”

Marko also revealed a late concern that Perez could lose his podium after a late Daniel Ricciardo spin that could have triggered a Safety Car.

It was not forthcoming with Perez holding onto another podium finish.

“Thank God there was no Safety Car at the end of the race, because we were still afraid of that, Ricciardo threatened to do it for a while,” said Marko.

“Otherwise we would have lost Perez’s second place.”



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