Helmut Marko praises Lewis Hamilton: “He’s still a top driver”

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Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko says “Mercedes will be stronger in the overall package” than Ferrari in 2023, “especially with a driver like Lewis Hamilton”.

Although Mercedes was struggling throughout most of 2022, by the end of the season, the team came really close to Red Bull, and even managed to score a 1-2 at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko says he thinks Mercedes will be better than Ferrari in 2023.

“Ferrari is strong, but Mercedes will be stronger in the overall package,” the Austrian told SportsBild.

“Especially with a driver like Lewis Hamilton. He’s still a top driver. True, Ferrari also has a very good driver in Leclerc, but he still makes mistakes.”

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As the 2022 Constructors’ Champions, Red Bull will have less aero testing time than its rivals, and because of the team’s 2021 budget cap breach, the time will be further reduced.

However, Marko thinks Red Bull will still manage to stay on top.

“Mercedes has fought its way up to us over the year. They’re not on a par with us yet, but they have more wind tunnel time to develop the car.

“I’m not too worried, though. We’re on a good track for 2023 and, with Max, we have the best driver in the field,” the Austrian concluded.

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