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Red Bull's latest driver talent dispels myth about Marko: The TV misleads you

Is Helmut Marko as strict as he comes across? The latest talent to sign onto the Red Bull Young Driver Programme thinks the TV can be misleading at times.

At the recent FIA Prize Giving Gala, 13 year-old Enzo Tarnvanichkul was presented with the CIK-FIA World Championship trophy by Max Verstappen. The upcoming talent has recently signed on to the Red Bull Young Driver Academy, an early sign that the team thinks he is going to play a part in the future of the team. "It is of course a very prestigious academy," Tarnvanichkul said at the ceremony. "Many drivers who were part of it later also reached Formula 1, which is of course the pinnacle of motorsport. "First of all, you are very happy that you can join such a great academy. However, you soon think about the results and put pressure on yourself. You want to win, everyone, so that creates extra pressure." "Plus, having a company like Red Bull on your car also makes it more fun, but it also creates more pressure because you represent the company."

Marko an 'inspiring character'

Helmut Marko has earned a reputation for being ruthless when it comes to drivers in Formula 1. The Red Bull Advisor has been part of a lot of decisions that have impacted drivers careers, notably Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly. When signing on to be part of academy, Tarnvanichkul had to meet with Marko. But is he as strict as he comes across on TV? The Thai driver believes he is an "inspiring character" after his encounter. "[Helmut] Marko is a great person," he said. "He has also had a wonderful career and has driven in F1 and Le Mans. A great and inspiring character when you meet him. The television sometimes misleads you. However, when you meet him it is very special and so felt it too."


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