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Red Bull Racing

Marko delighted as Red Bull's 'no risk' approach lands double podium

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez managed to bring home a double podium finish for Red Bull in Turkey, a result that was warmly received by Helmut Marko.

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Although Red Bull didn't win the Turkish Grand Prix, Helmut Marko was pleased that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez stayed out of trouble to secure a double podium finish.

Valtteri Bottas took his first win of the season after starting from pole position, with Verstappen never really able to trouble the Mercedes driver.

In the end, that matters little to Marko, as the result means the Dutchman once again sits atop the Drivers' Championship, with Lewis Hamilton having to settle for P5.

"That was the best [result] for us," Marko told Austrian broadcaster ORF.

"As you could see, tyre management was the most important thing. We didn't take risks and always took it easy.

"Checo drove a fantastic race and we regained the lead in the World Championship. We're very satisfied.

"Hamilton recovered excellently. We had fears that he would try an undercut and we wanted to stay ahead of that.

"Perez's pace was good and he even had a chance to go for the fastest lap, but we didn't want to risk anything."

Marko explained that Red Bull were in constant contact with Verstappen and Perez given the tricky weather conditions, with both drivers keeping their composure in the end.

He added: "The drivers were informed regularly. The problem was the left-front tyre and the temperature, graining and how much rubber was left on the tyre.

"They were constantly informed and reacted very well to that by adjusting their driving behaviour, without losing any lap time."

Verstappen now leads Hamilton by six points in the Drivers' Championship.

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