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Formula 1

Marko walks back comments on sprint races

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has backtracked on comments he made about sprint races in 2019.

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Dr.Helmut Marko has never been one to shy away from sharing his opinion. In 2019 the Red Bull advisor lambasted the concept of sprint races saying Formula 1 did not need gimmicks, fast forward a year later and his opinions have changed drastically.

Formula 1 is set to introduce sprint races for the coming 2021 season with the Montreal, Monza, and Interlagos the touted venues for hosting these races. Helmut Marko shared a positive view of the proposed concept.

"It's a good decision, we've had too many boring races," Marko told RTL / ntv. "Now we've found three suitable tracks on which you can overtake"

However, in an interview ServusTV in 2019 Marko was quite critical about the concept of sprint and reverse grid races.

"Those are absurd plans", Marko scoffed at Severus TV.

"Why can't Formula 1 be like football and tennis, sports where the regulations have remained broadly unaffected for the last 40 to 50 years?

"In Formula 1, it must be about the best driver winning, even without tricks the sport must also be easy for the public to follow and the rules must be understandable."

Given the drastic change in opinion we must commend Marko for his ability to change his outlook on a topic.

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