Marko: Red Bull chassis now the best on F1 grid

Marko: Red Bull chassis now the best on F1 grid”

"But Ricciardo is already on the market".

Stacked against Mercedes, which has consistently been the best team on the grid in 2017, the talented young duo was able to overcome the deficit that awarded Verstappen his second podium finish of the season as well as the second victory of his career.

Helmut Marko says Red Bull Racing is already looking for alternatives to Daniel Ricciardo for 2019, as the probability of the Aussie leaving the Milton-Keynes team grows.

Though Mercedes' and Ferrari's junior programmes are smaller than Red Bull's and their works F1 team line-ups are all experienced drivers, both have young drivers either in or on the verge of F1.

"Probably if you look at the real pace today, it would have been P5 (fifth place)".

"We are ensuring that it does not happen again", he said.

"Verstappen has a longer contract", Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.

"So let's see. We have our ideas, and as soon as everything is finalised we will let you know". "There is a new procedure in the wind tunnel and we are not even finished developing this car".

"That is what we wished", he said. "I think he was OK, so I think I'm still OK".

Vettel then swept through the field and was on Ricciardo's tail towards the end of the race only to pull back after his tyres went off.

"Now it's more aligned with what they predict, and that's always very positive".

The Japanese fans are "pretty special" too according to Daniel, often greeting the drivers in costumes you don't see anywhere else. We were quick in Spa.

IT'S BEST to keep out his way when the Dutch GP speedster is on the prowl.

After a difficult campaign that has been plagued by reliability issues, Verstappen admitted he had been rejuvenated by his Sepang success.

His efforts in Malaysia come after he had rivals Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas cracking up after 'letting rip' in a press conference after the Singapore Grand Prix.

Speaking further on Verstappen's late-season turnaround, Marko feels that the turmoil has been a good learning experience for the 19-year-old Dutchman, who has been rumoured to leave Red Bull in the near future. "We should be more competitive straight away".

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