Helmet Marko shocked by Verstappen win in Bahrain: He just disappeared

Max Verstappen led Red Bull to a dominant 1-2 finish at the 2024 Bahrain GP

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko was left astounded by Max Verstappen’s dominant win at the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix, a performance that surpassed the team’s expectations going into the Formula 1 season opener.

Verstappen flawlessly turned his pole position into a commanding victory in Saturday night race, leading a Red Bull one-two finish with teammate Sergio Perez. From the outset, Verstappen held the lead, never relinquishing it throughout the 57-lap event, finishing a substantial 22 seconds ahead of Perez.

“It [Verstappen’s win] was overwhelming,” Marko told ServusTV. This wasn’t what we expected, but everything just worked. Max won at the start and then just disappeared. You can’t describe it any other way,

“His superiority could be seen because his fastest lap was two seconds faster than anyone else. Max was always driving in clean air, so for him there was no problem. It didn’t affect his car.”

No point in attacking Verstappen

The performance gap between Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Perez was also noted, with Verstappen finishing almost double the margin ahead of Perez compared to the previous year’s race.

Despite this, Marko commended Perez for his strategic approach to managing the gap to Carlos Sainz in third, highlighting the importance of securing a solid team finish without taking unnecessary risks.

Max Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc of Ferrari during the 2024 Bahrain GP | Clive Rose/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Max Verstappen leads Charles Leclerc of Ferrari during the 2024 Bahrain GP | Clive Rose/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Checo controlled the gap to Sainz,” Marko continued. “There was no point in attacking [Verstappen].

“Regardless, it was an overwhelmingly good result. The strategy, the pit stops, it was incredible.”

Comprehensive strategy, flawless pit stops, and Verstappen‘s individual brilliance contributed to the victory and not only sets a high standard for the team moving forward but also positions Verstappen as a formidable force in his championship defense.

John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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