Marko: Red Bull won’t catch Mercedes in Monaco

Date published: May 15 2019

Helmut Marko believes Nikita Mazepin setting the fastest time for Mercedes in the second day of testing proves the W10's dominance.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko holds little hope that his team will stop Mercedes’ 2019 dominance at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Monaco is traditionally a track that has the ability to bunch up the field and produce some surprise results, but after five-straight one-two finishes for the Silver Arrows in 2019, Marko doesn’t see how anybody can stop them.

He also pointed out that Mercedes are “much faster” in the slow corners, meaning the Monte Carlo circuit should play perfectly into their hands.

“It was alarming how much faster Mercedes were in the slow corners, and Monte Carlo consists almost entirely of slow corners,” he told GPFans, with the final sector in Spain highlighting this.

“We know where we are losing time. We are not generally slower, but we lose time in a few very specific, but just as significant, corners.”

Red Bull are no stranger to dominating Formula 1 having claimed four Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in a row between 2010-13, but Marko believes that while regulations were brought in to try and stop their run, Mercedes’ is going unchallenged.

“When we were not nearly as dominant as them, there were two or three changes in the regulations each year to put us on hold. But nobody seems interested in that at the moment,” he claimed.

Although happy with the progress of the R.B.15, Marko believes that when Red Bull take a step forward, Mercedes take two.

“We take a step forward, but Mercedes seemingly two,” he confessed.

“The basic direction is there, now we have to keep fighting.

“We are happy to have made the first step, we have placed in front of Ferrari, everything went well from Max [Verstappen in Spain], that was the maximum.”

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