Helmut Marko claims that relationship between Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz at Toro Rosso was quite toxic

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has claimed that Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen had a toxic relationship during their time at Toro Rosso.

Sainz and Verstappen were teammates at Toro Rosso (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sainz and Verstappen were teammates during the 2015 season
  • Marko claimed that Sainz was unlucky to have Verstappen as his teammate
  • The Red Bull advisor also said that Sainz was on par with Verstappen at Toro Rosso

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has claimed that Carlos Sainz and Max Versatappen’s relationship during their time at Toro Rosso was quite toxic.

The current Ferrari driver raced for Toro Rosso, now known as Alpha Tauri, from 2015 to 2017. Verstappen made his debut in 2015 and quickly impressed the Red Bull management.

The 24-year-old then made his move to the Red Bull main team in 2016 and became a World Champion last season. Sainz won his first F1 race in the form of the British GP.

Marko has now revealed that both men didn’t have the best of relationships during their time at Toro Rosso. Speaking in an interview with the Red Bull Bulletin, the Red Bull advisor said that it was Sainz’s bad luck that he got Verstappen as his teammate. He also said that the setup in the team at that time forced the Spaniard to move away to other teams.

“It was his [Sainz’s] bad luck to get Max as a team-mate. The atmosphere between the two at Toro Rosso was quite toxic.”

“In the set-up we had at the time, I couldn’t see a way of keeping him with us and so he moved to Renault, McLaren and now Ferrari, said Marko.

The Red Bull advisor also praised Sainz and said that he was a great driver. Marko also claimed that the current Ferrari racer was on-par with Verstappen during their time at Toro Rosso.

“He was almost on a par with Max at Toro Rosso,” said Marko.

The Red Bull advisor went on to say that the 27-year-old struggled early in his career due to the weight of expectation placed on him by his father’s legendary rallying record.

“For a long time, he lived in the shadow of his father, the two-time world rally champion. He was unfairly saddled with the image of being the spoiled son of a racing driver whereas, on the contrary, Carlos had to fight consistently to get ahead,” said Marko.

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