Helmut Marko

Marko thrilled for Red Bull: It couldn't have gone better

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was thrilled with how the team's race went in Monaco, following Verstappen's victory on the streets.

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Helmut Marko was full of praise for the Red Bull drivers after the Monaco Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen winning from a defacto pole position and Sergio Perez claiming fourth.

Red Bull lead both championships for the first time since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, and Marko was suitably thrilled with the result, having set the team the challenge a few weeks ago of getting into the championship lead.

Marko explained that everything about the race proved to be under control from start to finish.

"Super, super. Only the race didn't want to end!" Marko told Servus TV.

"We were in front and controlled everything - the tyres, the fuel. You can already hear the alarm bells ringing here and there. But it was a great race, also from Perez. We lead both championships. It couldn't have gone better."

Verstappen, who leads the Driver's Championship for the first time in his career, was also thrilled to have been able to control the race throughout after the pre-race retirement of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

"It's been an amazing day, of course. I think once we had the lead in Turn 1 from there onwards, we could manage the pace quite well. And look after the tyres. Because I mean, around here, it's all about just keeping them alive. Basically try to go as long as you can and find a pit gap.

"But of course, I think Valtteri was struggling a bit at one point with his tyres and he had to pit but yeah, it was, of course, it always looks like it's going quite smooth. But around here, keeping the concentration for so long. It's not easy. But, overall, super happy to to win here!"