Helmut Marko, head of Red Bull's driver development program and a former professional F1 driver himself, has taken an unprecedented swipe at F1 rivals Mercedes-AMG and Ferrari.
To say that Marko has had a lot to say over the last couple of days is an understatement; earlier this week in Cape Town the Austrian said that Red Bull now has the best chassis in F1 following Max Verstappen’s win in Malaysia.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, the Austrian said that the speed of the Red Bull was now comparable to the big F1 teams such as Ferrari and Mercedes.
“Ferrari has problems
"But our race speed was comparable, because in the end Sebastian was on supersoft tyres, and you saw that, when he was catching Ricciardo, he went too close and he ruined his front tyres, so that’s why he had to stop his attack.
“But the big satisfaction is to overtake Mercedes and pull away.
“It shows that the works that we did since our poor start in Melbourne pays off, and the development goes in the right direction. Chassis-wise, for sure we are the best now,” Marko concluded.
The 74-year-old has launched another stinging attack on the F1 giants, suggesting that unlike Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes don’t produce their own drivers and certainly don’t give young drivers a seat on the F1 grid.
French 21-year-old Pierre Gasly may have finished 14th in Malaysia driving for Toro Rosso – where he replaced fellow graduate of the Red Bull driver development program Daniil Kvyat – but he is expected to get the Torro Rosso seat for the 2018 season.
Other Red Bull graduates include Torro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr, as well as the Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
When asked about Pierre Gasly by AutoSport.com, the Austrian said that everyone could expect an announcement soon.
"I can tell you that pretty soon,” the Head of Red Bull’s youth development program said.
"Red Bull, in complete contrast to Ferrari and Mercedes, have balls, and we put young drivers in the car.
"So let's see. We have our ideas, and as soon as everything is finalised we will let you know."
Seems harsh on the big two.
Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG both have youth development programs, but they are considerably smaller than Red Bull's.
Unlike Red Bull, both teams have experienced drivers on the grid with younger drivers on the verge of making the step up into F1.
Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon both came through the Mercedes program last year with Manor, whilst Ferrari protege's include Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi, who it is rumoured will be placed with Sauber next year.
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