Jun.14 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has admitted he urged MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta to announce his candidacy to replace Chase Carey as CEO of Formula 1.
73-year-old Ezpeleta is CEO of Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of the two-wheeled F1 equivalent.
Marko, a top official at Red Bull, thinks Ezpeleta would already have solved what he thinks is the biggest problem in Formula 1 at present — the tyres.
Marko claims Pirelli’s 2019 tyres suit only one team, Mercedes, and has even hinted at potential preferential treatment between the two brands.
“In MotoGP, this problem would already have been solved,” Austrian Marko told Speed Week.
“In Formula 1 we are not required to give any team an advantage. We are committed to the fans to put on the best possible racing.”
MotoGP’s Expeleta, a Spaniard, attended the Spanish grand prix in Barcelona last month, and Speed Week claims Marko asked him to make a bid to run F1.
“You’re right. I asked him,” Marko confirmed.
“The problem is the rules. Carmelo would have never allowed such a set of rules.”
He said the MotoGP rules are specifically designed to help smaller teams catch up with the dominant factory outfits, while in F1 the system means only a “crazy financial effort” can bridge the cap to Mercedes.
Happily for Red Bull, Honda seems to be pushing extremely hard to catch up.
“First of all, we are very happy with Honda and the reliability,” he said.
“We are behind in power, but we’re getting a new engine in Paul Ricard. It is not necessarily the big step — we’ll get that in Monza. But at Honda, they are catching up.
“Do not ask how big the effort is. The test benches in Japan run day and night,” Marko added.
As for the contentious interviews he has given since Canada, Marko says he is only trying to be honest about problems that exist in F1.
“I don’t understand why I have to defend myself when I address the problem with the tyres,” he said.
“Sure, Red Bull was dominant with Vettel for four years, but never as dominant as Mercedes is now. And when we dominated, we were slowed down during the season by various rule changes.
“First it was the stiffness of the wing, then the diffuser, and the changes were possible during the season. Not today.
“I don’t know if it’s hopeless. Pirelli has already changed the tyres during a season — after Silverstone in 2013 when the tyres were bursting. As I said, I have shown the problem,” Marko added.
The 2019 United States Grand Prix is only a few weeks away. U.S. race fans must take advantage of the only F1 race in the country. Guests of Grand Prix Tours are invited to our Race Preview Party on Saturday evening hosted by a race celebrity and to our post-race dinner hosted by a race commentator. Our complete travel packages will sell out, contact us for more details and for remaining availability.
The Mexican Grand Prix has new place on the calendar. The race is now on the last weekend of October just before the United States Grand Prix. The race is in jeopardy of not being on the calendar next season so we highly encourage all race fans take advantage of what could be the last Mexican GP for some time.
Join Grand Prix Tours December 1st at the awe-inspiring Yas Marina Circuit for the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This wonderfully designed circuit is one of a kind and a must see for all motorsports enthusiasts. Watching the drivers navigate the marina at Yas Island and drive under and through the Viceroy Hotel, is nothing short of incredible.