Marko deserves credit for Honda power switch

Mark Scott
Helmut Marko slams 'absurd' reverse grid plans

Helmut Marko slams 'absurd' reverse grid plans

McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, has given credit to Helmut Marko for his role in replacing Renault engines with Honda power at Red Bull.

While McLaren has enjoyed their own success this season by finishing P4 in the Constructors’ Championship, Brown was asked by in the FIA team principals’ press conference how he felt seeing their old partners in Honda win races this season with Red Bull.

Brown, though, was full of praise and congratulations rather than displaying any sense of jealousy, and singled out Helmut Marko for the way he initially implemented Honda into the team by testing them out with the junior team Toro Rosso.

“Look, I think, first of all, congratulations to Honda, it’s great that they’re going to be staying in the sport,” Brown said.

“I think that’s positive for the sport. I also think you’ve got to give credit to Helmut Marko for making a good strategic decision to first put Honda into his B team and that works out well, so he puts it into his A team and he’s got two good lieutenants in Christian [Horner] and Franz [Tost] running those teams.

“They’re winning races now and good on them and good for the sport.”

There are currently three strikes in the win column for Red Bull and Honda this season, with Max Verstappen emerging victorious in Austria, Germany and Brazil.

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