Helmut Marko makes scathing comment about Toto Wolff’s trust in Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have struggled with the Mercedes W14 in the opening five races of the 2023 F1 season.

One of F1’s greatest designers, Adrian Newey, has been a man in demand.

Newey has played a critical role in the design and success of numerous title-winning F1 cars since his introduction to the sport over thirty years ago.

But which team has reportedly been in pursuit of F1’s leading chief technology officer? You’ve guessed it, Mercedes.

According to F1 Insider, a personal assistant of Toto Wolff got into contact with Newey, testing the water, hoping to turn the tide.

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Such antics were met with a scathing response from Helmut Marko, who suggested Wolff is losing confidence in his own engineers.

“Mr Wolff may not seem to have complete confidence have his own people fix the problems with their car,” the Austrian said.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner remained cool and collected, confident their star designer would commit his future to the reigning champions.

“It was inevitable we were going to extend that,” said Horner.

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“He’s a great part of the team, it’s great to have him with us and as the team continues to evolve we’ve got strength and depth, but to have Adrian for the longer term with us is fantastic for everyone in the team.”

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Why is Newey so important?

Adrian Newey has been behind the design of 23 cars that have gone on to claim drivers’ and constructors’ titles. He has been a Red Bull man since 2006, and last year’s design helped Verstappen and Perez claim 17 race wins out of 22 grand prix.

For a man of his calibre, demand for his signature and service is unsurprising.

But with a new contract at Red Bull agreed and signed, his future is cemented. Wolff and co will have to look elsewhere to outmanoeuvre their long-term rivals, Red Bull.