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Marko optimistic about Red Bull preparations for 2023

Following the launch of the RB19, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is in a confident mood ahead of the 2023 F1 season getting underway.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is feeling confident about the team's preparations for the 2023 F1 season. The squad – who became one of the first teams on the grid to launch their livery for the new campaign at an event in New York on 3 February – held a shakedown for the RB19 at Silverstone as part of a filming day on 10 February. Max Verstappen gave a positive first impression after getting behind the wheel and it seems that Marko shares that same attitude. "Everything is going smoothly with the preparations," Marko told German publication F1 Insider . "Everything is on schedule."

What does 2023 hold for Red Bull?

Marko's confidence perhaps marks a contrast from how the 2022 Formula 1 season started for Red Bull. The team recorded a double DNF at the first race of the campaign in Bahrain, with both Verstappen and Sergio Perez retiring due to mechanical issues. There were further reliability woes for Verstappen two Grands Prix later in Australia, but the squad were able to bounce back and take momentum in the championship as the year progressed. Red Bull and the rest of the grid will test their 2023 machinery when pre-season testing takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit from 23-25 February.

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