Helmut Marko, Alex Albon's executioner

The former driver explained why he lowered his thumb to the Thai on the Red Bull team.

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The pilots who are within the umbrella of Red Bull, whether young people or those who defend the honor of the brand in the F1, they know that there is a person who constantly evaluates them and whose pulse does not tremble when they lower their thumb: the Austrian Helmut Marko.

In his position as sports advisor to the emporium created by Dietrich Mateschitz, Marko says who stays and who goes. And that the Thai knows well Alex Albon, which according to the former pilot did not meet the expectations to keep the position of partner of the Dutch Max Verstappen. That was why in 2021 his place will be for the Mexican Sergio Pérez.

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“Albon's problems were his lack of consistency and that he became restless too easily, for example, when the wind had increased in intensity or was coming from another direction. Or when the tires started to wear out; I was wasting a disproportionate amount of time ”, Marko explained to Total Motorsport.

“We have a car that is very sensitive to the wind. Max can avoid all of those things. Let's take the example of Hungary. Alex forgot to close the DRS in a corner. He went at full speed and then he said that the car was a little restless ", recalled the former F.1.

Alex AlbonMarko also assured that the psychological aspect also played against Albon, who will remain at Red Bull as a reserve driver and tester. “Everything the media wrote and the unsatisfactory results made him uneasy. His gap with Verstappen increased throughout the season, it did not diminish "he admitted.

On the other hand, Marko explained that Red Bull is open to a possible loan from Albon in the hypothetical case that a team needs a replacement. “We are open to lending Alex to another team if they need a driver in the short term. It would be a good way for me to continue in the competition and be able to do kilometers in the race ”, concluded.

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