The last time Red Bull Racing lead an F1 Championship was in 2013 when Sebastian Vettel clinched the title, and after the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix we see Max Verstappen of Red Bull lead the drivers’ Championship and the team leading the F1 Constructors Championship.
Music to the ears of the Verstappen fandom, but also perhaps also the fans of Formula 1 who wish to see some actual competition in the sport.
The usually sober Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko was also full of praise for the Red Bull teams after the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, and even went on to claim that Mercedes can be forced into errors.
Indeed for Marko, the Monaco GP was proof that Mercedes makes mistakes under pressure.
After Max Verstappen’s victory in Monaco, the Dutchman is ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing ahead of Mercedes after five races.
“It was a nerve-wracking race, it just went on and on.” said Marko,
“We didn’t have any problems and we analysed the whole time. We knew about the tyre pattern of the competition and did the maths,” Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko told Sky.”
He also praised Sergio Pérez, who finished fourth, as well as AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, who was able to keep Hamilton behind him all the way to finish sixth.
“I also have to say that Perez drove super as well. For Gasly to be able to keep Hamilton behind him all the laps is also a super achievement. The reward is we lead both championships. That’s what we were aiming for and we’re working to keep it that way,” Marko said.
He was surprised that Hamilton drove behind Gasly more or less without a fight,
Marko said, “and then this pit stop on Bottas. But that shows that when the pressure is there, they make mistakes. That also means that we have to keep up and put pressure on Mercedes,” Marko said.
“For the spectator that is very good, for us it is an even more difficult task.”