Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s sports advisor, said Max Verstappen would have “won two or three tenths” over Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri during qualifying for the Bahrain GP.
Despite his very good form at Toro Rosso / AlphaTauri after being relegated from Red Bull in 2019 – which included a victory at the Italian GP last year, Pierre Gasly never seemed a credible enough option in the eyes of the leadership of Red Bull Racing enough to once again give him a seat on their core team.
So even when it became clear at the end of 2020 that the Alex Albon He would no longer be in Milton Keynes as a starting driver, the Frenchman was never among the favorites to succeed him and Red Bull ultimately turned to a driver outside their ranks by signing Sergio Perez.
In an exclusive video interview with our sister publication in Germany, Formel1.de, Helmut Marko gave little reason to believe that things are going to change quickly for Gasly.
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So when asked where Max Verstappen would have been if he had been at the wheel of the AlphaTauri driven by Gasly and with which the Frenchman took fifth place on the grid, Marko made it clear that the Dutchman would have done much better. .
“I would say Max would have definitely won two or three tenths in qualifying. He would have done Gasly’s time minus two and a half tenths. But he certainly wouldn’t have been on pole.”
Marko’s words about Gasly stand in stark contrast to the ongoing praise from the other side of the garage for rookie Yuki Tsunoda, who finished ninth in his F1 debut with AlphaTauri.
“With Yuki we have an incredible diamond in the rough,” Marko said in the same interview.
“We don’t want to burn him down. We will study his evolution and make decisions in due course. The way he does it, the way he makes the car fly (is fantastic). He is also a charismatic person. We are happy to have him.”