Jan.31 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he is happy with Max Verstappen’s new teammate Alex Albon, even though the top Red Bull official admits he misses Daniel Ricciardo.
“It was a bit of a shock to the whole team when he went to Renault,” he told Germany’s Motorsport-Magazin.com, referring to Ricciardo.
Red Bull has struggled to fill the Australian’s boots since his departure, initially promoting Pierre Gasly but then replacing him mid last season with Albon.
New reports have suggested Ricciardo may leave Renault at the end of 2020.
“Alex has done very well,” Marko said. “He joined the team without having tested the car and he was in the points at every race except Brazil, where he was hit by Hamilton.
“He is self critical and knows where he can improve and it is all very positive. We hope that he will be a good teammate for Verstappen this year.”
However, Marko admits to missing Australian Ricciardo’s presence.
“The atmosphere in the team is good, but it is not as jovial since he went,” said the Austrian.
“He is also one of the fastest drivers and can catch up excellently when he needs to. And his jokes are also missed,” Marko smiled.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!