Dr Helmut Marko says the pressure is off for Max Verstappen to win every other Grand Prix in 2023.
Doctor Helmut Marco says the pressure is dropping Max Verstappenshoulders to aim for victory at every other Grand Prix in 2023.
This is because Red Bull advantage of the driver over Charles Leclerc now approaching 100 points, which makes it even more bitter Ferrari given Verstappen’s clear dominance last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
However, the reigning world champions caution that Belgium were an individual.
“Zandvoort requires a lot more downforce, so it will be harder for us to be dominant,” said the 24-year-old Verstappen.
“I expect Ferrari to be strong there.”
But even if Ferrari is strong, Red Bull top official Marco will not be worried.
“We haven’t seen this kind of dominance from Red Bull since Vettel,” he said. “Now we have a big advantage and it’s not necessary to win every race,” added the 79-year-old Austrian.
“If we see we can’t win, we’ll just earn points. There are still eight races to go and I think we need to win two or three of them to feel safe.”
Dutchman Verstappen agrees.
“Of course I want a good result at home – it’s important to get points. I just want to enjoy the weekend with all the fans, it’s going to be pretty crazy.”
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz is also hoping for a weaker weekend from Red Bull.
“Zandvoort has to be the best track for us,” said the Spaniard.
“After that, Monza should give Red Bull the advantage again, but we will try to win this Sunday.”