Illegal Red Bull wings were a “silly mistake” says Marko

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko insists that the illegal front wing flaps on the RB10s in Abu Dhabi were the result of a “naïve” interpretation of the rules.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel qualified fifth and sixth but ultimately started from the pitlane after the FIA discovered a spring arrangement that allowed the flaps to flex.

“It was a silly mistake from our side,” Marko told this writer. “I would say it was a naïve interpretation of the regulations. We thought it was within the regulations.”

Meanwhile Marko said he was happy with the progress the team made in 2014 after its disastrous start in testing.

“We did much better than we expected – we won three races, second in the constructors’ championship, in the drivers’ third and fifth. So the recovery was good. Strategically, everything was done right. We achieved the maximum, we learned a lot, and we had to fight and keep motivation up. But it paid off.

“We had such a difference in horsepower, we couldn’t use the potential of our chassis, because if we put the wing up we lost so much on the straights. So we always had to go for a compromise. I think we did pretty well. Whenever there was a chance, bang, we were there.”


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6 responses to “Illegal Red Bull wings were a “silly mistake” says Marko

  1. You’ve got to be joking Mr. Marko. In what way can flexing front wing flaps mounted on leaf springs be a “naive interpretation of the rules”?

  2. GeorgeK

    What Marko meant to say is “we’ve been running so far behind we never expected to get inspected”.

  3. Steve W

    I suppose if Red Bull tried to run cheater V10 engines, they’d say that was a “silly mistake” too.

  4. tony

    What he means is that they expected to pass the deflection test but ignore the regulation

  5. Stone the crows

    “Silly mistake.” ??? Marko, your team is operating in the pinnacle of motorsports, not planning a child’s birthday party! RBR did not make a silly mistake, they rolled the dice on a wing that was well outside of the sporting regulations and came a cropper.

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