Red Bull senior advisor Helmut Marko has confirmed that he will continue with the team in F1 2024 and plans to attend all 24 rounds of the record-breaking season.
The Red Bull team boasts many examples of long-standing figures in senior positions including Marko, who has served as the senior advisor for both of the marque’s F1 teams throughout their existence, as well as the head of the Red Bull driver academy.
Now at the age of 80, Marko continues as strong as ever in his role, though had confirmed that post-F1 2023 customary talks would take place to discuss how his future with the team looked, sparking speculation he could be readying to head for the exit.
Helmut Marko readies for full Red Bull F1 2024 schedule
Formula 1 is set to expand to a 24-round calendar for F1 2024, which is set to stage the most rounds that the series has ever held over a single season.
However, Marko is up for the challenge, confirming his intentions to remain an ever-present Red Bull figure for the upcoming campaign.
Asked by OE24 whether his future is now resolved after he had mentioned looming important talks with the Red Bull bosses, Marko replied: “Yes, in a positive sense, everything is continuing as planned.”
As for whether that means he will be at all 24 rounds, Marko clarified: “Yes, yes. But that’s not stressful for me.
“If I said: ‘It’s crazy what’s coming to me!’, it would be difficult. But I say to myself: Australia is beautiful, I’m looking forward to the trip to Melbourne. From Friday 11 a.m. to Sunday evening I do my job for Red Bull Racing, and I enjoy it.”
Red Bull head into F1 2024 with huge momentum following their all-conquering charge to the 2023 title double, during which they won a remarkable 21 of the 22 grands prix held, 19 of those claimed by Max Verstappen.
And a key partner behind their success is power unit supplier Honda, a deal which Marko was responsible for pulling together and manages.
Fortunately though, Marko confirmed he will not need to squeeze visits to Japan into what will already be a packed 2024 schedule.
“No, everything is arranged so that I don’t have to go there anymore,” Marko confirmed.
“24 races are enough for me, and one of them is in Japan anyway.”
Red Bull will continue with Honda power until the end of 2025 before the Japanese manufacturer switches to Aston Martin for the new generations of PUs for 2026, while Red Bull become a manufacturer in their own right via Red Bull Powertrains and work in conjunction with Ford.