Over the past few years, Red Bull has put its trust in many drivers. But for McLaren boss Zak Brown, the Austrian team has broken many careers because of its high standards – This is McLaren’s shocking observation about Red Bull.
In recent years, Red Bull has had many drivers in its team. In addition to Max Verstappen, the Austrian team has long sought the ideal teammate for the Dutchman, between the initially incumbent Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, now Sergio Pérez… Whether in Formula 1 or in other car disciplines, the Austrian team places its trust in the Dutch driver only it seems. According to Zak Brown, Helmut Marko’s team has broken many careers because of its high demands.
According to Zak Brown, Red Bull has “ruined a few careers”
“Pato O’Ward? Red Bull only gave him one or two opportunities in F2 and then Super Formula before they pushed him out,” says Brown,
“They’ve done that with many drivers, apart from Max. They ruined some careers and some of their protégés proved them wrong afterwards, including Carlos Sainz who was able to bounce back with us.
“But Klein, Liuzzi, Bourdais, Alguersuari, Buemi, Vergne and Hartley were doomed, while Albon is doing well by returning to Williams this year. Helmut Marko is sometimes brutal, as he was with Pato. But Red Bull won the championship last year, so you can’t say they don’t know what it’s all about,” admits the McLaren boss.