Red Bull’s unwavering focus on the future shines through its dynamic young driver program. They are constantly on the lookout for fresh talent, nurturing and guiding promising individuals to success.
By relentlessly investing in the development of aspiring drivers, Red Bull paves the way for a bright and exhilarating future in the world of motorsports.
Renowned Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko, openly acknowledges the immense potential possessed by Spanish prodigy, Pepe Marti, making him a prime contender for the team’s prestigious young driver program. At just 17 years old, Marti’s meteoric rise in the racing world has caught the attention of many, with Formula One firmly in his sights.
Stepping up to the Formula Three Championship last year, Marti showcased his exceptional skills and was even signed by the esteemed management team of racing legend Fernando Alonso, solidifying his status as the youngest driver on the grid.
In his second year in the competitive world of Formula Three, Pepe Marti has firmly established himself, demonstrating remarkable progress and earning accolades along the way.
During the recent race weekend in Spain, Marti delivered an outstanding performance, leaving a lasting impression. Securing victory in the feature race marked his third triumph of the season, a remarkable feat that elevated him to the podium, where he was warmly congratulated by none other than racing legend Fernando Alonso himself.
Following an impressive performance at his home Grand Prix, the young prodigy has soared through the rankings, securing a commendable second place in the championship.
However, it was during the preceding week in Monaco that Pepe Marti truly made his mark. Emerging victorious in the thrilling F3 sprint race, his exceptional skills caught the attention of none other than Red Bull’s esteemed advisor, Marko, who engaged in an intriguing conversation with the talented driver.
Shortly after Marti’s triumphant win, an intriguing conversation took place, catching the attention of many. The following week, there was much speculation about the nature of this exchange between the talented driver and Red Bull’s esteemed advisor, Marko.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Marko hinted at the possibility of Marti becoming a valuable addition to Red Bull’s prestigious young driver program, further fueling the excitement surrounding the young prodigy’s future.
When directly questioned about the potential inclusion of Marti in their esteemed academy, Marko reportedly responded with a subtle but affirmative gesture, hinting at the promising prospect’s future association with Red Bull. “Is very good. He has done very well,” Marko added.
“I have been following him for a long time. Not only today. I’ve been watching him since he jumped into F3. His improvement is significant.” Red Bull already has a couple of drivers from their academy competing in F3 with Sebastian Montoya and Souta Arao on their books.
Red Bull’s commitment to nurturing young racing talent extends beyond Formula 3. With a keen eye on the future, they have enrolled six drivers in the fiercely competitive F2 Championship, a lineup that features promising talents such as Ayumu Iwasa, Dennis Hauger, and Enzo Fittipaldi.
The ultimate aspiration is to see one of these gifted individuals secure a permanent seat within the Red Bull family. Yuki Tsunoda stands as a shining example of the program’s success, having made the leap from Red Bull’s academy to Formula 1, joining the ranks of AlphaTauri in 2021.
Marti’s journey in motorsport has been enriched by his association with Alonso beyond the confines of the racetrack. As a valued member of the renowned Spaniard’s management team, the 17-year-old has had the privilege of imbibing Alonso’s wisdom and experience.
In fact, Marti revealed that Alonso goes the extra mile by actively participating in simulator sessions alongside the drivers under his tutelage, offering them invaluable insights and guidance.
“When we can, we organize a session for three riders or more, and Fernando, when available, joins the sessions. “I really appreciate him joining because of the short time he has, Said Marti.
“Last time he joined for half an hour because he had a meeting afterward and wanted to come back when it was over. I really appreciate that he wants to dedicate those moments to us growing drivers.
“In those sessions, when Fernando goes out on the track, he shares the screen and we all look at him.”