Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko agrees that the days of older drivers are slowly passing, but adds Lewis Hamilton is still at the top of him game.
Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko agrees the new generation of drivers is slowly assuming the spotlight from the old guard like Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, but he is not dismissing Lewis just yet.
“Hamilton still has a wealth of experience,” Marko said.
“You could see that a lot last year, especially when it came to how he was able to set great times with extremely worn tires.
“In the case of Sebastian [Vettel], there is also the fact that he is certainly the most disadvantaged of all in terms of the car.”
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Asked if this year Formula 1 is seeing a generational change, Marko agreed that it is slowly happening.
“I guess so. With Verstappen, Leclerc, Norris, and Russell we now have four drivers who will shape the coming years.”
As for the title fight, he still expects a strong challenge from Mercedes.
“We are on a different level, but you should never underestimate them. It only takes a small change in aerodynamics and suddenly it changes.
“Mercedes is still a candidate for the world championship,” the Austrian concluded.