Helmut Marko doesn’t see the Crimson Bull-Ferrari rivalry offering the fireworks which Crimson Bull and Mercedes did in 2021.
After two rounds of the 2022 marketing campaign, it might seem that half of the title battle has modified since final season.
Crimson Bull look very a lot within the combine once more, Max Verstappen having gained the second race of the season in Saudi Arabia, however they’ve a brand new rival.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc started the season with a victory in Bahrain, each that race and the Saudi Arabia spherical producing thrilling and difficult, however truthful battles between Verstappen and Leclerc.
Two races in and it’s one apiece between these two.
In fact Verstappen grew very accustomed to those scraps in 2021, solely then they have been nearly solely fought with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as a part of a fractious rivalry between Crimson Bull and the Silver Arrows.
However Marko, Crimson Bull’s driver programme boss, prefers this competitors with Ferrari when in comparison with what they’d with Mercedes, a battle which may be fought on a “extra sporting stage”.
“It’s a brand new rivalry,” he instructed De Telegraaf.
“Mercedes is a minimum of half a second too sluggish in the meanwhile, however who is aware of, they may have the ability to resolve their issues.
“However we don’t sleep both. We work onerous to additional develop the automobile.
“I believe it’s higher to struggle with Leclerc and Ferrari than with Mercedes. It’s now extra on a sporting stage. I do know we’ve solely had two races, however I don’t assume it can escalate as a lot because it did with Mercedes.”
Verstappen and Leclerc, within the house of two races, have already handled us to a pair of improbable on-track battles, placing the advantages of those new 2022 vehicles on present on the subject of a capability to comply with nearer and place for an overtake.
The DRS performed an necessary function in Jeddah, Verstappen rising clever to Leclerc’s techniques and snatching the lead late on, one which he changed into a primary victory of the season.
Marko too was delighted with the racing which he noticed, explaining that Crimson Bull went with a smaller rear ring to extend straight-line velocity. It turned out to be an impressed selection.
“This was top-of-the-line races I’ve seen within the final ten years,” stated Marko.
“If Max sees his likelihood, he’ll go for it. His overtaking is unimaginable.
“As well as, we selected Friday to make use of a smaller rear wing, in order that we had extra high velocity. The handicap was that we misplaced a couple of tenths within the first sector. Luckily, it fell our approach.”