Red Bull points to Mercedes crisis after Vowles’ departure: “The climate is tense”

Red Bull points to Mercedes crisis after Vowles’ departure: “The climate is tense”


According to Taurus consultant Helmut Marko, the German team is facing internal turmoil after the departure of James Vowles – who left the post of strategy director to become the new Williams team boss.




Toto Wolff worked with James Vowles for ten years at Mercedes

Photo: Mercedes/Steve Etherington / Grand Prix

James Vowles left the position of strategy director at Mercedes and headed for a new challenge for the 2023 season System 1: the role of the team leader in Williamsto take a chance jost captain at the command of the team the farm.

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The German team publicly handled Vowles’ departure well. Toto Wolff he said he was sad to say goodbye, but he praised the former commander – while Mercedes itself was ready to prepare a replacement, eliminating a kind of internal gap.

But if with the camera and loudspeakers, everything seems to be fine, apart from them the situation is not like that at all. At least, that’s the guarantee Helmut Markoadvisor of Red Bull – which, was asked by a German website sports1.de if there was concern that Vowles could form Williams in the Mercedes B team – even with such a theory publicly rejected – it was dismissed.



Helmut Marko believes that the situation at Mercedes is getting worse

Helmut Marko believes that the situation at Mercedes is getting worse

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“No, I have completely different information. Vowles went alone and, so to speak, he even took good engineers with him. My sources tell me that is why the situation at Mercedes is worrying,” revealed Marko.

Even with the alleged internal crisis and after one of the worst seasons in its history in Formula 1, the Silver Arrows emerged as the main rivals of Red Bull in the 2023 category – according to the representative of Taurus himself.

“We will see. However, I still believe that Mercedes will be our biggest opponents in defending the championship”, concluded Marko.

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