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Marko non-commital about AlphaTauri's future

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has given an update on the future of AlphaTauri following Dietrich Mateschitz's passing.

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AlphaTauri's long-term future as part of the Red Bull Formula 1 family is up for discussion, according to team advisor Helmut Marko.

Following the death of Red Bull founder and owner Dietrich Mateschitz in October, new boss Oliver Mintzlaff has been meeting with key racing personnel, including Marko, to discuss the future.

The Faenza-based squad were originally Minardi until 2006 when Mateschitz brought them and had a rebrand to Toro Rosso, with the team being primarily used to develop young drivers for the senior Red Bull squad. The likes of Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo all raced for the outfit.

A further rebrand came in 2020 to AlphaTauri as the team continued to fight in the midfield, but they slipped to ninth in 2022 with a tricky car in the new ground-effect era.

In those meetings with Mintzlaff, Marko says everything was discussed about the future, with talks going well.

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Marko on AlphaTauri future

"It was not the first time we spoke, but it was the first conversation about the future and how we want to approach it," Marko explained of discussions with Mintzlaff to Austrian publication Kleine Zeitung.

"We have the same base in mind and he has again learned a lot about the team.

"We are analysing everything and we will see how to chart the course for the future.

"There is always something to do. We live by the motto: 'To stand still is to go backwards'.

"Continuity is certainly a very important ingredient for success, even if AlphaTauri's performance this year was not satisfactory."

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