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Red Bull did not give Vettel “hope” of possible 2021 deal – Marko

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In the round-up: Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko says the team has not encouraged Sebastian Vettel about the possibility he could return to the team next year.

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  • 22 comments on “Red Bull did not give Vettel “hope” of possible 2021 deal – Marko”

    1. Surely now, after that interview, it is perfectly clear that it is entirely pointless to interview Bernie E on any topic that is socially or politically relevant. He’s living inside a caricature of himself…

      1. Ecclestone’s cognitive faculties are clearly in heavy decline, he’s struggling to formulate sentences. Even so, his comments are deeply obnoxious, disbelieving people in Bahrain who presented evidence of human rights abuses to him with the absurd claim that ‘even they didn’t believe what they were saying.’ John Pienaar is clearly struggling to believe what he’s hearing. Pure denial. But it’s clear Ecclestone, even when fully compos mentis, explained away these abuses as lies to salve his own conscience. A truly revolting interview.

        1. Ecclestone did a wonderful job turning F1 into what it is but I lost all respect for him when he openly admitted to admiring Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, his recent comments on BLM and racism left a lot to be desired and this interview shows he has completely lost the plot …. please keep him away from the media.

          1. Wrong, bernie held back F1 far more than he moved it forward. F1 was far more popular than the nba or nfl when he double crossed his fellow team owners and those two sports leagues quickly caught up a surpassed F1. Bernie was not good for F1, he held it back and robbed it simultaneously.

          2. ColdFly (@)
            1st July 2020, 3:33

            Ecclestone did a wonderful job turning F1 into what it is

            I think even that is too much credit for him.
            He did a good job in initially commercialising the sport a few decades ago. But since then he’s only done well for himself and some investors.
            The sport is much smaller than what it should have been. It’s embarrassing that the premier global motorsports series is worth less (combination of series and teams) than many local or continental series in other sports.
            A big missed opportunity and Bernie is to blame for that.

      2. I think it would be more correct to say that it is entirely pointless to interview Bernie full stop.

    2. Bahrain, huh? What about millions death worldwide by UK & US wars to plunder oil? It is because they’re Arab?

      1. ColdFly (@)
        1st July 2020, 4:34

        Suggest you start a radio show, ask Bernie that question, and end up in the round-up.
        But hurry, Bernie seems to be less than 100% mentally and he might not believe that you believe yourself.

        1. I did mocking the radio show. I didn’t blame the round-up. Every article with political pieces in it always lively and engaging.

      2. GtisBetter (@)
        1st July 2020, 6:15

        Can you give examples of these wars and how you get the number of millions?

        1. @passingisoverrated Even if the number isn’t close to a million and it’s say a couple thousands or a couple hundred thousands deaths, then everything is ok? Even if the number is lower than a few hundred innocent people, it’s still a disgrace to say at least…

          1. I think thay gtis may have been making a joke.

            1. It’s always nice if jokes are funny.

    3. ”Logistics will also be different, with the delivery of parts no longer happening by air but by road. This means the van drivers will also have to provide negative test certificates for COVID-19 in order to get into Austria and the Red Bull Ring.”
      – But haven’t the trucks always been in use for European events, though? Or is this merely about parts that might get brought in at the last minute? The cars and other stuff have traditionally been brought to European circuits via road and via air to the rest.

      Re Autosport-article: I have low hopes for COTA. I struggle to see any international racing happening on US soil this year.

      1. @jerejj This is, indeed, for last-minute components. Even flyaway events often would have personnel boarding flights with some new component that didn’t quite make it onto the original flight out.

        International racing is already happening in the USA, but only for those drivers able to cross the border before any relevant restrictions were brought in. I’m not convinced the EU restriction will be lifted in time, given the managment problems Texas is experiencing.

    4. James Norris
      1st July 2020, 8:16

      Jeez, my eyeballs fell out trying to read the iRacing statement…

    5. Didnt think Vettel had burned bridges to this extent.

      1. Chaitanya Vettel hasn’t burned any bridges he like every other driver is only as valuable as their last race. Four time WDC or not he’s had a ordinary couple of seasons. Add to that the talent he is competing against Verstappen, Ricciardo, Leclerc, Hamilton, Sainze plus the up coming drivers Ocon, Russell, Albon.
        Vettel has found himself in a bit of a dilemma timing wise.

    6. No idea why Seb would even want to drive for RB. The guy keeps overestimating himself. Lost against RIC, lost against LEC, surely would lose against VER. Heck, even if Verstappen leaves – I don’t think Seb would be faster than Albon.

      1. He barely beat a journeyman driver in Webber. Vettel got lucky to be at RB when he was.

        1. @darryn I think Vettel was a very good driver up until his Red Bull years, and still is in many aspects, but he stopped developing and didn’t really work on poorer aspects of his driving. Perhaps precisely because he didn’t need to when Red Bull were at their prime. Ricciardo’s arrival should have woken him up, but instead it persuaded him to switch to Ferrari and effectively dodge the issue of how to better DR (something Ricciardo himself would repeat with Verstappen’s arrival weirdly). Then various years of Raikkonen as a team mate made things easy again until the Ferrari was good enough to compete against Hamilton and Mercedes. Ferrari saw the end product and signed Leclerc. But that pattern persists of Vettel not really working to improve his driving. And why bother pushing yourself to an extreme if you can point to 4 championships?

      2. @kuvemar Maybe he wants to try and see if the answer is different this time? Athletes have that sort of curiosity.

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