No retirement plans for 79-year-old Marko

Dr Helmut Marko insists he is nowhere near the finish-line in Formula 1. “Everything is a story of passion and I am a great enthusiast,” Marko, the top Austrian consultant for Red Bull’s F1 project and in charge of the notorious driver program, told France’s Auto Hebdo. Although notorious for its toughness, Marko’s F1 driver program has been incredibly successful, producing drivers including quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. “Yes,” Marko admits, “because we have put an end to the great domination by Mercedes which began in 2014. Marko is also happy that Verstappen’s first title has resulted in the 24-year-old taking a more relaxed approach to Formula 1.

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