Red Bull’s advisor, Helmut Marko asserts that he is free to leave Red Bull at any time but that he is still committed to running the Formula 1 Young Drivers’ Program.
Owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, succumbed to a long battle with illness in October prior to the team securing their first constructors’ title in over a decade.
Marko served as his personal advisor on driving issues and helped him uncover talent, including Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, who went on to win world championships for the company.
Marko claims that he still has eagerness in him despite Mateschitz’s departure.
“I fulfilled my task because of my connection to Dietrich Mateschitz, a visionary who understood everything in the big picture,” Marko explained to Laola1.
“If the atmosphere doesn’t suit me anymore, then it won’t be an issue for me. I can get off from today to tomorrow, but the fire [for motorsport] still burns.
“I generally don’t worry about that. I’m independent, so I can leave the team at any time.”
In the wake of Mateschitz’s passing, Marko also outlined the governance of Red Bull as a whole to F1, and he thinks those in control now recognize the significance it provides.
“There is a general commitment from both shareholders [Mateschitz’s son Mark and the Thai owners of Red Bull] that from a marketing point of view, Formula 1 is the strongest instrument,” he explained.
“That is not being questioned.
“We’ve had talks with the shareholders, and [I’ll speak with Oliver] Mintzlaff – [one of the new CEOs] soon.”