“Did not live up to expectations”

Red Bull senior adviser Helmut Marko has issued another warning to Alpha Tauri driver Nyck de Vries as he believes the Dutchman has failed to live up to expectations so far this season.

In an interview with Racing News 365, Marko said:

“To date, (de Vries) hasn’t lived up to the expectations placed on him. Of course, we’ve spoken openly with him about it and now there are paths he knows. So let’s see how he develops , then we will discuss further and maybe decide.

🚨| Reports have it that Helmut Marko has given AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries a warning, in a bid to improve his performance in the Spanish GP! #F1 #NyckDeVries https://t.co/eie8Qq3qAq

De Vries was brought in from outside the Red Bull talent pool to replace Pierre Gasly. However, he was outclassed by teammate Yuki Tsunoda in the first four races of the season.

Although it’s still early in the campaign, De Vries’ performance graph has left Marko unimpressed. However, the Austrian believes it is important to analyze how the upcoming races will unfold before deciding on the AlphaTauri rider’s future.

Red Bull adviser cites reasons why Lewis Hamilton is unhappy

In a recent interview with F1 Insider, Helmut Marko outlined the two main reasons why Lewis Hamilton is currently unhappy with his career. He said:

“There are two things that really bother Hamilton. First, that he is no longer world champion, and it will be difficult for him to be world champion again in the future. He knows there is no place for him at Red Bull.

“And whether Ferrari will be better for him sportingly than Mercedes is not set in stone. Besides the sporting perspective, Lewis is unhappy as he is no longer the highest paid driver in Formula 1. It’s Max Verstappen now. At least that could change with some help from Ferrari.

According @Forbes Max Verstappen was the highest paid F1 driver in 2022, totaling $60m (40 salaries + 20 bonuses). First time since 2013 Lewis Hamilton is not the highest paid F1 driver. https://t.co/fj2jIf9TxA

Red Bull’s senior adviser has suggested Ferrari’s desire to sign Hamilton could be a solution to the driver’s salary problems. The Briton’s salary is estimated to be around $55 million. Max Verstappen was the highest-paid driver in 2022, with a base salary of $40 million (with $20 million in bonuses).

With his contract up for renewal, it is currently unclear whether Hamilton will continue with Mercedes or move to another team. He was linked to Ferrari, according to reports ahead of the Monaco GP weekend, but has since dismissed the rumours.

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