Helmut Marko admits that nothing lower than complete perfection is required if Crimson Bull is to “succeed” in its battle with Mercedes.
Even if Crimson Bull clearly had Mercedes on the again foot for a lot of the Bahrain weekend, when it mattered, when it actually, actually mattered, it was the Black Arrows who got here out on high.
Courageous technique, good defensive driving from Lewis Hamilton and, admittedly, a difficulty with Max Verstappen’s differential, noticed Mercedes rating a superb victory, whereas Crimson Bull may solely surprise ‘what the hell simply occurred!’
Because the championship strikes on to Imola and past, Helmut Marko warns that nothing lower than complete perfection is required if Crimson Bull is to succeed.
“With the bundle we’ve, a really aggressive engine and a chassis that responds properly to every little thing, we might be at Mercedes’ degree once more,” says the Austrian.
“We now know you could solely succeed towards Mercedes in case you are good,” he provides. “All the things needs to be proper.
“We assume the state of affairs might be comparable at Imola, hopefully the rostrum might be reversed, with Max on the very best step.”
Nevertheless, aside from the truth that Mercedes will even be searching for 100% perfection – and in that division it has expertise – there are different elements such because the funds cap and the approaching change of focus to 2022.
“I mentioned at the beginning of the season that it’s essentially the most tough season for us since we’ve been in Components 1,” admits the Austrian. “On the one hand, we’re clearly affected by the funds cap and on the opposite we see a possibility to win the world title.
“Subsequently, we’ve to do every little thing in our energy to win it… with out ignoring 2022. We now have to work in parallel and it’s now a threat, to steadiness the 2 initiatives in a approach that each are a hit.”