Marko: Ricciardo and Verstappen will fight for championship

Ricciardo vs. Verstappen

Red Bull is sure another big update will be done soon on the power-unit Renault, as well as chassis and aerodynamics to be ready to beat Mercedes next year. This year, they got some results over their more optimistic expectations. Red Bull is the second team in F1 manufacturers championship.

A big satisfaction came by two victories obtained on difficult circuits which they might being quite easily three. A difficult
moment came when they decided to dump Kvyat and to select Verstappen as his replacement: so far it looks they won a bet!
Helmut Marko like Dieter Mateschitz can feel satisfied without any regret about this 2016. Now, they are focused on 2017
ready to enjoy this opportunity. New rules, an important component will be aerodynamics where Newey proved long time ago to be a genius while Renault will continue to provide its power-units labeled TAG-Heuer (In confirmation of the agreement with TAG-Heuer, came also a new agreement with oil industry Exxon Mobil):

“A big step forward will come from our engine, they told us we can expect a big improvement in our performance. We shall be really close to the power-unit used by Mercedes. About our chassis, we are already in a good situation. The one we used this year, it was one of the best we build so far. At the same time, any data collect on the new car we are creating it is very good and pretty much interesting. History says we did a good season every time there was a change in the rules. We believe there is a chance we can fight the championship in 2017”

Fighting for such an important target, it means they have to manage in a different way their pilots. Marko says there will be no favouritism between Ricciardo and Verstappen, they will be on the same level:

“We will not give any advantage to just one pilot in particular. Both are very fast as well as competitive driver, even if they approach a race in a different way. Daniel is not invisible at all close to Max and I can understand this point because I will have to pay him a big bonus this year: our pilots are paid using a bonus system. When Max arrived in Red Bull, Ricciardo started to immediately increase his performance. He got a huge potential and he is aware it is not easy at all to compete with Max”

Daniel is indeed one of the drivers who is improving costantly year after year in the F1 circus. This year he could win even in Montecarlo if a mistake, made by his team, was not throwing overboard the victory. To understand if there will another chance in this circuit next year, Marko likes to underline:

“He has not any weak point, sometimes he has not enough patience. Sometimes he tries to force the events when he could just wait to come in his way. Even so, it is a change in his mind he is working on”

Shocking Rosberg: I leave

 Nico Rosberg winner F1 Championship 

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Nico Rosberg is the winner of this F1 championship and suddenly he declares his intention to leave: I feel better now 

An incredible news but real. Nico Rosberg enjoyed few days ago his first World Championship while now he decided to leave F1 and do something else. In fact, he has announced his retreat from this motorsport:

“I climbed my mountain. Now I am on top of it. It was a difficult choice but Toto Wolff understood me. I feel much better. In the next couple opf weeks I will explain my reasons even more” 

It was a big surprise for everybody, keeping in mind the German pilot signed a new contract last July with Mercedes. Nico got a daughter named Alain, she was born in August 2015 so it is clear this long season made by 21 Grand Prix left very few time to stay together with his family:

“When I started to race, becoming a F1 champion was my dream. My main target… I achieved it, working hard, with pain and sacrificing myself. Now I did it! Right now, my main emotion is to just thanks everybody or those who helped me to make this dream come true. This season was very tough, I pushed hard like a crazy after the last two years. I was very focused like never before. Of course, this made a certain impact on my beloved ones” 

Mercedes must be shocked by this difficult decision and now they are forced to look for a new driver. Next season is already complicated by a change in the rules and tyres, so this complication will not make things more simple. A potential driver is Pascal Wehrlein but it is quite possible Fernando Alonso or even Vettel might be selected, if their contracts will allow them to flee.

Rosberg F1 winner 2016 

Rosberg is the son of former Formula 1 Champion, Keke Rosberg. He leaves the circus at 31 years old after a great career in Mercedes. So far, everybody respect this decision even if surprised but this sudden change of his mind. The stress and pressure of this season where really big and intense. Nico was giving the impression to be capable to handle in a very good way, while showing a maturity different from previous years where a couple of mistakes did not allow him to become a F1 champion:

“My championship will be my greatest result and I will be very proud about it. Now, I want to enjoy this moment while next week I have the opportunity to reflect a bit more and enjoy my life. After that I will simply turn over the page and see what life will give me. This decision was taken Monday morning, after the race. I thought about it for a while, I talked with Vivian (his wife, editor’s note), George Nolte and Toto Wolff. What made more difficult to leave, it was to know I was leaving a family not a race team. But Toto understood I was completely persuaded about this idea and he agreed with me”

 Nico Rosberg's Family

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