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Helmut Marko

Marko: Red Bull are not afraid of anything

The Red Bull advisor claims that the team is full of self-confidence heading into the next race weekend at Silverstone. However, at a track that traditionally favors Mercedes, can the Austrian team reassert their dominance once more?

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Helmut Marko has emphatically shot down any suggestions that Red Bull will be nervous heading into the British Grand Prix - which this year will also feature Sprint Qualifying on Saturday.

Silverstone as a track has historically been better suited to Mercedes, but according to the Red Bull team advisor, the Austrian outfit has nothing to fear after what has been an electrifying start to the season.

"We are not afraid of anything. We face this and want to get the most out of everything," Marko told German outlet Motorsport-Magazin.com.

"In the past, Silverstone was absolute Mercedes land. Last year we were only able to win a race because of the tire problem. But we're going into the weekend with a lot of self-confidence. We have seen that our car has been capable of winning on every track so far. But if we can still win that, then we will be more positive about the world title."

Last year's British Grand Prix was marred by high-speed tyre punctures, including one to Lewis Hamilton Mercedes car, which nearly cost him the race win.

New tyre compounds are set to be introduced for the Silverstone weekend in 10 days time, something Marko will probably be glad to see after it was revealed that Max Verstappen finished last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix with cut tyres.

"We saw a cut after the tire change and then we made a stop," Marko added.

"Not to go on the fastest lap, we already had that. And none of the others could have made a free stop. Max then drove 1.4 or 1.6 seconds faster without full engine power.

"Above all, we didn't go over the curbs. We noticed the damage that Hamilton got there. We told Max to stay away from the curbs. In terms of the times, that wasn't much slower - a few hundredths per corner - but we were safer and also confident in terms of tire temperatures."

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