‘I am a free person’: Helmut Marko warns he could soon quit Red Bull

Red Bull Racing has changed massively behind the scenes following the tragic passing of team owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

The F1 world came to a standstill last season when it was announced that Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz had tragically passed away.

The Austrian affected so many people in motorsport, with his death causing many individuals up and down the paddock to come out and share heart-warming stories about his life.

The Red Bull brand and model has revolutionised many aspects of business inside and away from motorsport, with Red Bull playing a part in my successful careers.

Following Mateschitz’s passing, Red Bull has undergone a shake-up behind the scenes, with former RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff now in charge of corporate projects and the investment side of the business, meaning he is also involved in the sporting projects.

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There are now a number of high-ranking individuals behind the scenes that now form a group to run the Red Bull brand, including the motorsport side, leading to a number of changes in approach.

Red Bull’s chief advisor Helmut Marko has suggested multiple times that he is not happy with this new management structure and has now hinted at quitting the role that he has held for a very long time.

“We met twice. He got insights. It remains to be seen how far he will respond to our ideas. Red Bull Racing has always been very independent,” he told Speedweek when asked how he is working with Mintzlaff.

“It’s no longer the case that I report by phone after every practice session and race. The direct, personal and friendly relationship is no longer there.

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“Didi was a visionary, had emotions. I don’t see that anymore. I am a free person I can stop at any time if I’m no longer happy. Wait and see how the future turns out.”

It was initially rumoured that Red Bull could put their sister team AlphaTauri up for sale following the passing of Mateschitz but this no longer looks to be the case.

On track, Red Bull look set for another dominant year but judging by Marko’s comments, there is still a lot of work to be done behind the scenes following the death of their owner.