Helmut Marco, the 79-year-old Australian advisor to Red Bull GmbH F1 team alongside the head of driver development program, had unfurled in a recent interview that the four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, whose shocking retirement announcement just before 2022 F1 Summer Break had sent shockwaves across the F1 arena, might potentially replace him in future. In point of fact, latest remarks from Marko, who has reportedly been giving a thought to a retirement, came against the backdrop of a flurry of speculations on whether could fend off the thrills of Formula One. Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton said over recent weeks that he is confident about a return of Vettel, while Vettel was quoted saying in an interview a couple of weeks earlier that he could not rule out a return into Formula 1.
Helmut Marko said Vettel could replace him in future
Nonetheless, Marko had envisioned Vettel on a different role and said in a recent interview with a press agency that Vettel could replace him in a near-future. Speaking with the reporters just before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Helmut said, “We had a discussion and I think if he could get a top management position, that might appeal to him.
That’s what emerged in the talk. But now we’ll let him plant some trees for once and then we’ll see what happens. He would certainly have the potential and he would have that personality for it. We have heard the message.
We have two teams. We are open. But Sebastian, it’s a serious difference – as top management you have to be there earlier, leave later and you only get a fraction of the money you are used to as a driver!” Vettel had racked up four straight F1 championship titles between 2010 and 2013 with Red Bull.