Marko: Ferrari on top, but Red Bull can win

Dr Helmut Marko believes Red Bull can compete for race wins.

Dr Helmut Marko believes Red Bull can compete for race wins.

Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko believes Ferrari are the team to beat, but his outfit have the performance to win races.

The Austrian team enjoyed a positive start to their relationship with Honda – completing four days of issue-free running during the first week of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

After ending their long-term relationship with Renault, Red Bull’s move to Honda power raised eyebrows throughout the world of motorsport, with the Japanese manufacturer becoming notorious for bad reliability.

The early signs are good, however, and while Marko admits Ferrari have the fastest car at the moment, Red Bull and Mercedes are not far behind.

Speaking to the official F1 website, he said: “What I saw on the circuit, Ferrari for sure is the fastest car, and behind that, it’s Red Bull and Mercedes.

“So let’s see what we can do, but at the moment we are quite optimistic we can win races from our own strength and not just if others have trouble, or at special circuits like Monte Carlo and Singapore.”

Red Bull ended the first week of pre-season nearly 1.4 seconds off the ultimate pace set by Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.

But, with Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly’s engines set to be turned up for the second test, fans should get a better idea of what the RB15 and Honda relationship can really do.

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