They were born just over a couple of hours by car from each other, they speak the same language and do the same job, yet Helmut Marko is Toto Wolff they don’t like each other very much. Over the years, their respective shirts have developed in them a sense of belonging much deeper than the anthropological one that also unites them and so the two Austrian managers now they smell each other without getting too close, limiting himself to communicating with pricks that, with the passing of the races and the intensification of the rivalry between Red Bull and Mercedes, have become real digs.
Verstappen and the new tires: “Then something wasn’t right”
Jos Verstappen, the father of Max, current championship leader, he clearly said that there is no good blood between the two. The confirmation of a relationship now at loggerheads between the Mercedes team principal and the director and manager of the Red Bull youth program comes from an interview that the latter gave to the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung. The technical advantage of the RB16B over the W12 it is taking away the sleep of Toto Wolff, who lately has been trying to widen the perimeter of confrontation with the rival team beyond the borders of the track. For Marko the disputes of the compatriot, as well as out of place, are unbearable, especially those relating to the new rules of pit stops, a fundamental in which Red Bull has proved decidedly faster than Mercedes.
Alonso: “Max favorite over Lewis”
Prying up reasons related to safety, Wolff clamored for pit stops to be extended by setting a minimum time, which understandably made the Red Bull men jump into their seats, renowned for their record-time tire changes. “I am happy that Wolff is concerned about the safety of our cars and our drivers, but perhaps he would do better to check his drivers, especially when they restart after a stop”, Marko said in reference to the Bottas spin in the pit lane during the tests of the Grand Prix of Styria.
Wolff is confident: “This time no experiment”
Another fuse that threatens to irreparably blow up the relations between the two managers are the much discussed ones Mercedes single-seater updates. At first, it seemed that the Anglo-German team had no plans to make any for this year, only to admit yesterday through Lewis Hamilton that yes, there is something in the pipeline to improve the performance of the W12. But for now, Marko doesn’t seem too worried about any upgrades: “Allison (the great technical chief of the Brackley team, ed) he said they will make some changes, but I don’t think it will happen anytime soon “.