May 18 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has hailed a step forward for formula one in the wake of Bernie Ecclestone’s departure.
During the Spanish grand prix, a distraught young Ferrari fan was plucked out of the grandstand by Formula One Management staff so that he could meet Kimi Raikkonen and get a signed cap and once-in-a-lifetime paddock visit.
“I don’t know if something like that was possible under the old management,” Chase Carey, who replaced the ousted long-time F1 supremo Ecclestone, is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.
And that isn’t all. In Barcelona, among other new fan-friendly initiatives, there was a F1-branded white two-seater Minardi doing laps all weekend.
“There are new ideas from race to race,” said Red Bull official Marko.
“We (Red Bull) have often had ideas that were not supported, but it’s no longer about things imposed from above, but a cooperation to make the whole event more attractive.”
It is of particular interest to Red Bull, as the energy drink company is not only a team owner but the actual race promoter of the Austrian grand prix.
Indeed, Marko said he has been in contact about the Red Bull Ring’s 2017 race with new commercial boss Sean Bratches.
“We presented him with a list of ideas and within an hour all ten points were agreed,” Marko said.
“It is a different atmosphere and mood, but at the same time there are also very intensive talks about new regulations on the technical side, the engine side, and the finance side.”
12/04/2017 Ricciardo, Verstappen ‘best’ in F1 – Marko Apr.12 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko thinks Red Bull has "the best" overall driver lineup in formula one.
The comments follow speculation in the Italian media that Ferrari might be lining up […]
13/11/2016 Marko urges F1 to end penalty era Nov.13 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has urged F1 to end the current era of driver penalties.
It emerged in Brazil that, at the next Strategy Group meeting, Bernie Ecclestone and several teams […]
23/03/2017 Mercedes ‘interested’ in Vettel – Marko Mar.23 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel will be on Mercedes' list when the great German team comes to thinking about the 2017 driver lineup.
That is the view of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, who […]
12/04/2017 Red Bull planning ‘new car’ for Barcelona Apr.12 (GMM) Red Bull will take "a new car" to next month's Spanish grand prix in Barcelona.
That is the news from top team official Dr Helmut Marko, who said Max Verstappen and Daniel […]
23/03/2016 Mercedes ‘can lap entire field’ – Marko Mar.23 (GMM) The big question after Melbourne is whether Ferrari can really challenge Mercedes' dominance in 2016. Sebastian Vettel looked set to win the season opener last Sunday until […]
03/04/2017 Red Bull targets race wins by Austria Apr.3 (GMM) Red Bull is targeting race victories later in 2017, according to team official Dr Helmut Marko.
The energy drink company will host the F1 circus at the Red Bull Ring for […]
08/06/2016 Ricciardo the best driver in F1 today – Marko Jun.8 (GMM) Daniel Ricciardo might be the best performing F1 driver at the moment, according to Dr Helmut Marko.
The Australian driver was nothing short of livid after the Monaco grand […]
16/04/2017 ‘Correlation’ to blame for Red Bull problems Apr.16 (GMM) Mismatching data has been identified as the cause of Red Bull's problems early in 2017.
Despite Adrian Newey's reputation with changing regulations, the energy drink owned […]
10/05/2017 Verstappen ‘cannot switch to Ferrari’ – Marko May 10 (GMM) Red Bull insists there is no risk it could lose Max Verstappen to a rival team like Ferrari before his contract runs out.
Former F1 driver Martin Brundle this week said he […]
06/07/2017 Carey denies targeting 25-race F1 calendar Jul.6 (GMM) Chase Carey has denied setting 25 races per season as the target for future F1 calendars.
A 21-race schedule for 2018 has already been revealed, but there are claims new […]