Friday, 13 June 2014

Marko tells Vettel to raise his game ahead of Formula One's return to Austria

(Eric Vargiolu DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Red Bull motorsport adviser Dr Helmut Marko has told reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel to 'raise his game' in the upcoming Grand Prix. Vettel has struggled to get to grips with the new regulations that were brought in for 2014 and has not been able to find a comfortable set up for the RB10.

The defending champion has suffered two retirements in the opening seven Grand Prix of the season, despite this however, he has scored point's in all the Grand Prix that he has completed this season season and last time out in Canada he finished on the podium in third place behind race winner and Infiniti Red Bull Racing team mate Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes Nico Rosberg. 

Vettel has scored two podium finishes so far this season with a third place finish in the second race of the season in Malaysia and the same result in Canada last weekend. During the Monaco Grand Prix from which Vettel retired his frustrations were plan to hear as he came on the radio complaining but then realizing that it was being broadcast back tracked by saying 'You're doing your best'.

In an interview ahead of next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix Marko said:

'I told him: (Vettel) 'There are 50 engineers working on this engine and they can't sort it out, I told him: 'There are 50 engineers working on this engine and they can't sort it out,'

Vettel has admitted to being surprised at the performances of Daniel Ricciardo since the Australian moved across to the Milton Keynes based team from their junior Toro Rosso Rosso team at the end of last season.

Daniel Ricciardo has scored three podium finishes in a row including the race win in Montreal last result the Australian is now 19 point's ahead of Vettel in the championship and has moved above Ferrari's Fernando Alonso into third place in the Driver's championship while Sebastian Vettel is currently fifth just three point's ahead of Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.

Vettel will be hoping for an improved performance at next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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