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Helmut Marko

Marko: Nothing mysterious about the RB16B

Red Bull released heavily edited photos of its 2021 Formula car earlier this week, but the team’s chief advisor Helmut Marko says they are not hiding anything out of the ordinary.

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Red Bull chief advisor Helmut Marko has said there is “nothing mysterious” about the team’s RB16B for the 2021 season after they faced criticism for failing to show detailed pictures of the car in media releases and ran an old car during their filming day ahead of winter testing.

While some have accused the team of sleight of hand trickery designed to keep developments on the car under tight wraps before testing kicks off in Bahrain in two weeks time, Marko said there was nothing out of the ordinary about the decision.

"Time was a bit tight to do photo shoots. Driving was more important to us than taking photos. We have nothing mysterious in the car. No six wheels, no fan in the rear either", he told F1 Insider.

"The car is a consistent further development of last year’s model. The goal is to be able to compete for victories right from the start. At the first tests in Bahrain we will run all the parts on the car that will also be used at the season debut."

However, the Austrian added the true potential of the car also wouldn’t be clear during testing in Bahrain given the restrictions placed on teams during these sessions.

"We know that fuel quantities and engine settings are played with during the tests. Therefore, the true potential will only be seen at the first race," he said.


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