Helmut Marko outlines plans for major changes at F1 team ahead of 2023

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Helmut Marko has confirmed one of Red Bull’s two F1 teams will be set for major changes after an unsatisfactory season. The Red Bull chief confirmed sister team AlphaTauri may have to rebuild after struggling in 2022. The team dropped from sixth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2021 to P9 last season.

AlphaTauri scored over 100 fewer points with drivers Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda unable to consistently challenge. Marko fired the threat when asked if there would be any changes to another team after the appointment of new boss Oliver Mintzlaff.

It comes after co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz passed away over the United States Grand Prix weekend, Marko told Auto Motor und Sport: “Everything remains calm with us.

“There have been initial talks with our new boss, Mr Mintzlaff, and it is agreed that it would not make sense to rebuild a successful package like Red Bull Racing.

“Where there is a need is Alpha Tauri. That was not satisfactory last year. The new boss has given assurances that, by and large, he will keep everything as it was under Mateschitz.”

Gasly scored just two points finishes across the whole second half of the campaign with only five top 10 results all year. Tsunoda scored just four times all season with a best result of P7 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

However, most shockingly, Tsunoda only scored one point for the rest of the season after P10 in Spain in May.

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Gasly has stressed the car’s weight was a major issue for their lack of success. However, he admitted the team’s performance did not meet his expectations coming into the campaign.

He commented: “I really thought we would have our chance with the budget cap coming in, so we would have no reason not to outperform all the midfield teams.

“I knew it would be a race of development throughout the year. It doesn’t matter where you start, we just needed to put this development on the car race after race and unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do that.

“I do believe the core of the car was great but we were just massively overweight the whole season. And just on that, it cost us a lot in qualifying. I do believe that was the main issue. Clearly, we didn’t perform anywhere near what we would have liked and personally what I would have liked with the team.”

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