Helmut Marko has faced criticism for his delusional behavior, with the latest incident involving his attempt to take credit for advising Niki Lauda on Lewis Hamilton’s availability. However, now it is Marko’s denial that is being called out, particularly in relation to Daniel Ricciardo’s return to Formula 1.
Ricciardo returned to the sport recently, replacing Nyck De Vries at Red Bull and AlphaTauri. Although some think Ricciardo’s expertise will enhance AlphaTauri’s performance, The Race F1 Podcast proposes that the team’s difficulties are not solely attributed to the driver but also the car. The hosts contend that both Yuki Tsunoda and De Vries were achieving optimal results with the given car, suggesting that the issue lies with AlphaTauri’s machine.
The hosts express additional criticism towards AlphaTauri, suggesting that Ricciardo’s return may not be a miraculous fix for their problems. They feel that the team should thoroughly examine themselves and admit their mistakes. Although Ricciardo has shown impressive performances in his initial races, the attention is still on Marko’s refusal to acknowledge the underperformance of the AT04.
AlphaTauri recently introduced significant upgrades to the AT04 for the British Grand Prix, including a new engine cover and floor. However, Yuki Tsunoda expressed disappointment, stating that he didn’t feel much of a difference. He acknowledged some improvements in certain areas but overall, the results were not as expected.
The article ends by inquiring whether readers think AlphaTauri has the potential to stage a comeback and consistently earn points during the latter part of the season.