Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has rubbished claims the team has a radical new suspension, calling the claims ‘nonsense’.

Rumors have been surrounding the Milton Keynes-based team this week that a new suspension that could change the game would be introduced this weekend at Imola. Marko today put those claims to rest once and for all, saying this mystery suspension was on the car at Bahrain and wasn’t anything particularly remarkable either.

“It is complete nonsense, this mystery suspension we have already used in Bahrain,” he said.

“It is also nothing special, but we had to design it because we needed a suspension that would perfectly fit the extremely narrow rear end that we build around the new Honda engine that was small and compact.”

Red Bull has been incredibly guarded on any potential updates on its car this weekend, but are wary Mercedes will be developing their machine in what will be a performance race to the end of the season.

“We don’t know what Mercedes is developing, but we trusted the package we had in Bahrain. We just didn’t use it fully.”

Marko is confident in the ability of Max Verstappen and believes this year may be a great title battle not dissimilar to the Hamilton Rosberg fight in 2016. Formula 1 action gets underway at Imola on Friday for the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

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