Red Bull’s advisor Dr Helmut Marko says he hopes “Mercedes will be strong again so that the Germans will identify with them”.
Since the days of Michael Scumacher, Formula 1 has been very popular in his native Germany. However, in recent years the popularity of the sport in the country has gone down.
Not even Mercedes’ recent run of success has been able to keep the German public interested. Dr Helmut Marko, on the other hand, says Red Bull’s popularity has made F1 almost a ‘national sport’ in the team’s home country of Austria.
“It’s incredible what’s happening in Germany right now,” Marko told Sport1.
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“In Austria, it is exactly the opposite. Formula 1 is booming more than ever before.
“The Red Bull team is seen as the Austrian national team and the whole country is cheering on that.”
The Austrian then said he hopes Mercedes will be able to fight at the top again, so that the people from Germany can start identifying with the team.
“That’s why I even hope that Mercedes will be strong again so that the Germans will identify with them,” he concluded.