Red Bull are on the backfoot when compared to Ferrari at the 2022 F1 Hungarian GP, according to Dr. Helmut Marko.
Marko is a retired Austrian racing driver now plying his trade as an advisor to the Red Bull team. He is also in charge of their world-class junior drivers program, which has given us the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz among others.
Red Bull arrived at the Hungaroring with a healthy lead over second-placed Ferrari in the World Constructors’ Championship standings. Defending champion Verstappen also has a 63-point buffer between himself and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after winning last time out in France.
Red Bull, however, have firmly downplayed their chances and backed Ferrari to be the best team this weekend. Speaking in an interview with Austrian publication Kleine Zeitung ahead of the 2022 F1 Hungarian GP, the 79-year-old said:
Max Verstappen feels that Red Bull are still chasing Ferrari when it comes to performance in 2022 despite leading the standings for both world titles.
Ferrari’s aggressive approach to developing its 2022 F1 power unit has been a boon and a curse for the Scuderia. While no one has been able to quite match the pace of the team’s package, it has been plagued by major reliability issues in the 11 rounds of racing this year.
While speaking to the media ahead of the 2022 F1 French GP, Verstappen admitted that his team is still trailing the Scuderia with regard to its pace advantage. The 24-year-old said:
Verstappen went on to add, saying:
Max Verstappen is hoping that the Austrian team can introduce upgrades of its own to what is already one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars on the grid in 2022.
Red Bull, however, will also need to keep an eye on the looming technical directives proposed by the FIA to combat porpoising, which could prove to be a spanner in the works for them.
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