Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has warned all of his F1 drivers that it will simply let go any of its driver “who is not delivering”.
Red Bull currently has Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat under contract, along with rookie drivers Max Vertappen and Carlos Sainz, which now entering their second campaign at sister team Toro Rosso.
“We basically have long-term contracts at the Red Bull junior programme and the whole programme is based on performance,” Helmut Marko said, via the Sports Lounge.
The energy drink company has placed a massive pressure on their four drivers ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season, suggesting that if they don’t perform well this year they will be out of the Red Bull driver programme.
Red Bull is focusing on Verstappen, following the rookie driver’s impressive performance that resulted in a best finish of fourth en route to 12th in the overall standings. At only 18-year-old, Verstappen has become the youngest ever driver to compete in a race.
Marko’s ruthless management style was evident last year when Red Bull driver Daniil Kyvat came under fire after a tough few races, but Kvyat managed to go into a strong second half of the year and finished ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the overall standings.
Marko has already urged all of his F1 drivers to deliver in 2016 or lost their role in the Red Bull driver programme. There is no exception in this new rule, rookie driver Max Verstappen is also included in the “pressure list”.
“Let’s see what he delivers. The second season is sometimes trickier than the first,” Marko said, via the Motorsport.
Marko said his team’s goal for this year is to finish third in the overall standings, but he conceded that it was not enough for the team in the long term.
“We will try to fight Williams. I think that at the end of the season we should be third. But, of course, in the long run that is not good enough,” Marko added, via the Motorsport.com.
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