After a few years of well-known favouritism towards Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull’s influential adviser, Helmut Marko, won’t show the same biased with him around.
It was pretty clear during the Mark Webber – Sebastian Vettel line-up at Red Bull that the outspoken Australian was never adored quite as much by the equally vocal Marko as Vettel was, after all the Austrian had known the now four-time champion since he was a young boy, however Ricciardo has come up the same developmental route as Vettel.
“Obviously,” Australia’s last world champion Alan Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald this week, “if there is any sort of leaning in that team, it’s probably slightly Germanic.”
But the 24-year-old brushes that notion aside when considering his working relationship with Marko.
“It [the relationship] definitely doesn’t hurt,” Ricciardo told Fairfax Media in Melbourne this week.
“Knowing Dr Marko for a long time and him knowing me, knowing that I’ve had his full support since day one, it’s not going to make me question anything, put it that way.
“I’m 100 per cent sure they are going to give me as much opportunity as Seb,” he insisted.
“Where Mark, for whatever reasons, maybe did (question the equality), it won’t be the case (with me),” said Ricciardo. “I’ll come in with a positive approach.”
As for Marko he has issued a stark warning to the Red Bull team that it needs to solve its problems or risk losing it’s star driver.
“If our disastrous state does not change soon, I could not blame him for thinking about a change,” he told Germany’s Bild newspaper.
Looking ahead to Melbourne, Marko also believes much of what Red Bull can achieve at Albert Park will be down to the new software the team has developed for the struggling Renault power unit.
“We know that we have a good car,” he added, “but we’ll only know if the engine is good if we get it to work properly.”
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