Nyck de Vries has vowed to prove Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko wrong after the Austrian hinted at a possible change if his performance does not improve on track.
The Dutchman has yet to score points in the first eight races of his rookie F1 campaign following a difficult start to the season in the AlphaTauri.
Marko claimed ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend that Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner was "not a fan" of the former Mercedes reserve driver during discussions over who would replace Pierre Gasly, who moved to Alpine over the winter.
The criticism continued with Marko conceding results have not met expectations so far, suggesting: "So far it looks like he [Horner] is right."
Responding to the criticism, former Formula E World Champion de Vries told media, including RacingNews365.com: "I think Dr Marko would appreciate it if I prove him wrong on track. That's all I kind of feel about it, and it's within my control."
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Matter of time
Outgoing AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost has previously spoken highly of de Vries and cautioned that drivers need three years before they adapt to life in F1.
De Vries believes that it would be harsh to criticise his performances after just eight races and insisted: "There is no need to force anything.
"Whenever you are trying harder or trying to force something that is not ready, then that it won't happen and then mistakes will happen.
"The key is to just continue as we are and continue to focus on the job, remain patient and then I think the potential is there. So it's just a matter of time for things to come together."