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Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Dr Helmut Marko’s Contract Extension on the Horizon

Behind the Scenes: Marko's Influence on Red Bull's Driver Lineup and Development Program

The world of Formula 1 has been abuzz with speculations and discussions about driver contracts within the Red Bull family. Amidst all the chatter, one significant contract that often takes a backseat is that of the Red Bull motorsport advisor himself, Dr Helmut Marko. A key figure in the team’s journey since its inception in 2005, Marko’s contract is set to expire in 2024. However, recent insights suggest that retirement is far from his mind as he contemplates a potential contract extension.

Marko, the Austrian former racing driver, has been an integral part of Red Bull’s racing endeavors. With his wealth of experience and insight, he has overseen the signing of remarkable talents like Sebastian Vettel, who secured four consecutive championships with the team, and the current championship leader, Max Verstappen, poised to clinch his third championship title. In an interview with, Marko revealed that retirement isn’t on his agenda as long as he remains physically and mentally capable of taking on the responsibilities that come with his role.

“As long as I am mentally and physically fit, and I am fascinated and enthusiastic about the sport, and as long as the responsibilities I have give me the chance to continue here, I will. I don’t feel like an old man who can’t keep up. As long as I can make a positive contribution, that’s what matters.”

Beyond his role in securing talent, Marko has been the driving force behind the Red Bull driver development program, a position he has held since 1999. This program has been instrumental in nurturing the growth of notable drivers such as Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, as well as Vettel and Verstappen. Marko’s keen eye for potential and his ability to guide young drivers through the ranks have solidified his reputation as a crucial figure in Red Bull’s motorsport endeavors.

At 80 years of age, one might expect Marko to consider retirement, but his dedication to the sport and the team is unwavering. With a track record that boasts of championship-winning signings and a successful driver development program, Marko’s contributions continue to shape Red Bull’s dominance in Formula 1.

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