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Marko relieved with Verstappen pole: Order restored after our fiasco

After much controversy over a team orders issue in Brazil, Red Bull bounced back to lock out the front row in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Team advisor Helmut Marko is pleased with the result.

Helmut Marko feels that "order has been restored" after Red Bull secured a 1-2 in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Max Verstappen claimed pole position in Saturday's session, with Sergio Perez joining him on the front row. Perez praised his teamwork with Verstappen after qualifying, seemingly drawing a line under the team orders controversy that affected the team last time out in Brazil. The performance in Abu Dhabi has left Marko feeling relieved. "First and second place! After the fiasco in Brazil, we are happy that the order has been restored," Marko told Austrian broadcaster Servus TV . Marko was impressed by how Verstappen managed some issues that arose during the session. "Verstappen's dashboard failed twice, but he was not bothered by that," he continued. "At another point there was another problem with the front wing, but at the moment it counted, Max just delivered!"

Marko hopeful for Red Bull's prospects on Sunday

Red Bull's performance over the weekend so far has given Marko confidence for what they can achieve in Sunday's race, with the team looking to help Perez to secure second place in the Drivers' Championship. This would mark their first ever 1-2 in the World Championship. "What makes us even happier, however, are the long runs," the Austrian said. "Indeed, in terms of tyre wear, we were clearly better than Ferrari in the free practice sessions. "I hope that remains the same on Sunday. Then we could come close to our goal of setting a new record for most wins in a season and clinching a 1-2 in the championship."

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