Marko ‘puts drivers under pressure’, but it works

Marko ‘puts drivers under pressure’, but it works

Pink Bull junior Juri Vips says that Helmut Marko throws his academy drivers in on the deep finish, however his success price exhibits it really works.

Vips has been a member of the Pink Bull junior set-up since 2018, representing the Austrian outfit within the 2020 and 2021 Abu Dhabi Younger Drivers’ Checks, whereas now he’s contending for the 2022 Method 2 title as he appears to comply with within the footsteps of many Method 1 stars to interrupt into the collection by way of Pink Bull.

Method 2 is the highest class of junior racing on the way in which to F1, so it truly is the proper preparation for a younger driver, however preparation shouldn’t be precisely Marko’s fashion.

As an alternative, Vips explains that Marko likes to maintain his drivers on their toes and create strain.

However, with Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda and Alex Albon all now on the Method 1 grid after graduating by way of the Pink Bull academy, Vips shouldn’t be about to query Marko’s strategy.

“The primary take a look at I did in F1 was to get my superlicence, I needed to drive 300 kilometres in an outdated automotive,” Vips recalled on the F1 Feeder Sequence podcast.

“I used to be in Japan, I had already missed half my season [in Super Formula due to Covid]. I bought a telephone name from Helmut: ‘Fly to Europe, in two days you get your seat and in three days you drive the 2012 F1 automotive’.

“Helmut likes every little thing to be achieved on the final minute, he doesn’t really need us to be ready, he likes to throw us within the deep finish, so to talk.

“I don’t need to query his strategies, as a result of virtually half the [F1] grid is made up of Pink Bull drivers, previous and current. What he’s doing is clearly working.

“He likes to place the drivers below strain. Particularly firstly, whenever you first are available in.

“Earlier than my very first simulator session at Pink Bull, I had solely achieved two days within the simulator in my total life. Shock shock, I sucked! The following day, I suppose Helmut bought the report, and I bought a telephone name saying roughly: ‘You suck, when you don’t enhance, I’ll hearth you’. I hadn’t even achieved a race for them, only a session on the simulator! It was good to get to know one another like that!

“I knew he was simply bullying me, and I used to be sensible sufficient to know he wasn’t going to fireside me due to a foul session on the simulator. He knew that it was on the monitor that it mattered.”


Vips may properly make his Free Apply debut in Method 1 this season, mow that it’s necessary for each staff to run a rookie driver throughout two observe periods over the yr.

AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost beforehand let slip that Vips is anticipated to drive for Pink Bull in these periods, so this was one thing else which caught Vips off guard when the information was relayed to him, or did it?

“Thanks for letting me know!” he stated with a smile.

“Possibly it’s going to occur, perhaps it gained’t. We’ll see how the season goes. If it does occur, it’s going to clearly be superb.”



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