Helmut Marko breaks silence on Max Verstappen ban

Max Verstappen has also given his take on the ban ahead of the 2023 Austrian GP.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has prevented reigning world champion Max Verstappen from driving at the Nurburgring Nordschleife F1 event.

The event itself is backed by Red Bull who have some familiar faces taking part.

Four-time world champion and ex-Red Bull man Sebastian Vettel will be taking part in the event.

Vettel can be spotted driving his championship-winning RB7.

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Current Red Bull reserve driver and 8-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo will also be on track, accompanying AlphaTauri star Yuki Tsunoda who will drive the Honda NSX.

Marko believes that if Verstappen did drive, he would try and break the record for the iconic “green hell”.

Verstappen has since provided insight.

“I wanted to do it, but I was not allowed by Helmut. He knew that I would try and go to the limits. I would have loved to do it,” he said.

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“I didn’t want to start unnecessary issues. I heard this thing was coming up, and Helmut was sitting at the table when it came up, and he said: ‘No, no, no, you’re not doing that!'”

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Marko spoke with Inside Line F1 podcast about his decision to ban Max from driving.

“It’s basically a show run so you don’t have the time to step up the car. The Nordschleife is something special, you have bumps, you’re jumping and then there is a car which is not especially done for it.

“Max goes he doesn’t care about records, he knows the record by the second. If he is driving there he is not going only to beat it, he wants to beat it and then beat it.

“As I mentioned, it’s a car that is not prepared for that, it is high risk and that is really not necessary to take.”