Marko has dismissed rumors of a bizarre Mercedes-linked move as completely illogical.
The reigning Formula One world champions have been linked with a unique approach to the 2021 season, with speculation suggesting that their two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, will race with different cars.
However, team principal Toto Wolff has now denied the speculation, and team consultant Dr. Helmut Marko has backed up his colleague’s comments by labeling the suggestion as completely nonsensical.
“That doesn’t make sense,” Marko told GPblog. “It would be difficult to find the right balance between the cars and it could upset the harmony in the team. It doesn’t make sense that one car is better than the other, so why would you do it?”
Mercedes have enjoyed a period of unprecedented success in the sport since the start of the hybrid era in 2014, with a run of seven consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championships. The German marque have also been dominant in 2020, with Hamilton leading the drivers’ standings, and the team leading the constructors’ standings by a significant margin.
Marko believes that the team’s success is due to their willingness to innovate and their relentless pursuit of perfection.
“The team is so successful because they are always looking for ways to improve,” he said. “They have a great technical staff and they are always looking for the smallest details that can make an impact on their performance. The team is so well-prepared, and it would be very difficult for them to try something like that and get it right.”
Ultimately, Marko believes that the only way for Mercedes to remain successful is to maintain their status quo and to continue to strive for perfection.
“If something isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it,” he said. “Mercedes are in a very good position right now, and they don’t need to take risks. They should just keep doing what they’re doing and continue to be successful.”