Marko: Verstappen does not need a warm-up to be fast

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Masashi Yamamoto of Honda in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Helmut Marko has spoken about Max Verstappen’s strength that helps the Dutchman be one of the best drivers on the grid.

Verstappen has provided a lot of highlight moments throughout his career in Formula 1 and the 2021 world title is surely the biggest one. The Red Bull Racing advisor believes that the Dutchman has already surpassed the level of a former Red Bull star and a 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. Furthermore, Marko states that Verstappen gives good results straightaway.

“Yes, without a doubt he [Verstappen] is [better than Vettel],” he told ServusTV.

“What makes him stand out the most? He doesn’t need a warm-up.

“If it rains somewhere, the others do five or eight laps. Then Max goes out and sets the fastest time on the first lap.

“Or Jeddah – nobody knew the track. The others were driving again, Max goes out… bang! Three times [fastest sector]. That is one of his fascinating qualities.”

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