Carlos Sainz casts shadow on Helmut Marko

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Carlos Sainz will make a dream transfer to Ferrari next year. He was honored domestically this weekend, where he couldn’t resist throwing a bit of shade at Red Bull’s Helmut Marko.

Carlos Sainz is only 26 years old but already has a tumultuous career in F1. The Spaniard, as we all know, made his debut alongside Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso in 2015. Carlos, like all super fast drivers born in September, was just over three years older than Max Emilian at the time. It was a difficult situation for the son of rally champion Carlos Sainz senior.

In fact, the pressure was higher for him than for Verstappen. After all, the latter was only 17 and had just a year of experience in single seaters. Sainz had been busy for a while and had not always performed well. Like Heidfeld at the time alongside Raikkonen and later Massa at Sauber, Sainz could only really lose. If he beat Max it was ‘normal’. If he lost it wasn’t good enough.

What played a role in this was that Carlos did not have the most impressive career in the entry-level classes. He won the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2011, but after that the really great results did not come out for two years. Especially in GP3, 2013 did not go well enough to move towards F1. Carlos knew it had to happen in 2014 in the Formula Renault 3.5 series. Fortunately for Carlos junior, he became champion and still got the chance at Toro Rosso. But the doubts of the bosses had meanwhile not left him in the cold clothes.

Ultimately, there turned out to be no future at Red Bull for Sainz. Carlos beat Verstappen in the qualifying match by the smallest possible margin. In the races, however, Max Emilian took many more points. In Singapore there was the ‘NO!’ from Verstappen when the team asked him to step aside for the Despite the fact that Carlos dropped out in a nice position a few times, Max got the nod to go to Red Bull Racing.

Sainz knew he would remain second choice and sought his way out to Renault when Jolyon Palmer had to leave there. Initially he remained an official member of the Red Bull family. But when Ricciardo announced his departure and Gasly was appointed as his replacement, it was clear the bond had been broken. Sainz signed for McLaren. After a successful 2019 season (with a first podium), he will be able to wear the popular red overall from next year.

In Spain, Sainz was awarded the Princess of Asturias prize for his performance this weekend. This of course also includes an interview. Sainz looks at Marca back on his career so far and his relationship with his father and that with Helmut Marko. In addition, he gives Der Helmut a sniff:

Red Bull set very high standards and the consequences of failure were severe. It was either win or be thrown out. My father was not like that, he was always understanding and guided me perfectly. That is different if you compare it with Marko.

Carlos Sainz, Helmut Marko thinks a härter Hund

The image confirms the picture of Marko as a rock-hard teacher who sometimes drills his pupils into the ground almost in a funny way. For example, by calling them at 7:00 AM to say they can’t do anything and then hang up the phone. It is a cross between humor and bullying. In the meantime, however, Marko himself has received a lot of criticism on his plate, because no real Red Bull talent has broken through for a long time. What do you think, is Helmut’s approach just bad, or do the young drivers have to cut down on that? special snowflakes to be? Let us know, in the comments.


  1. viezefreddyw says

    Quite a shame and stupid for Red Bull, because with Sainz they never had the problem they have now with Gasly and Albon. Sainz is the better of the two. Only Sainz and Verstappen next to each other would not work. Nice for us as a viewer, but pretty annoying for a team.


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