Marko issues a warning to Ferrari: Verstappen is prepared to ‘punish’ his competitors’ flaws

The Spanish Grand Prix will once again pit Charles Leclerc & Max Verstappen against each other, with the two racers lined up on the front row.

Marko Red Bull

If Ferrari did something wrong during the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko has cautioned them that Max Verstappen will “quickly penalize weakness.”

Despite securing pole position, Former Champion Charles Leclerc spun in qualifying on Saturday.

The Monegasque has already collided with the walls at Imola this season.

In the meantime, Verstappen lost pole position just after DRS problem on his penultimate push lap cost him precious straight-line pace.

He did, though, clinch a position on the first row for the race, and will begin alongside his title challenger on Sunday afternoon.

Red Bull had a good qualifying session in Spain

Narrowly missed out on P1, Marko believes that Red Bull’s qualifying performance was promising, with the team showing more competitive speed than on previous Saturdays.

Verstappen will begin from 2nd spot and hope to utilise the lengthy run down to Turn 1 to pass Leclerc.

“Let’s start with the positive; it went in the right direction for us during qualifying,” Marko told Austrian broadcaster ORF ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

“We were still first in the first Q3 attempt and we think we could have approached Leclerc’s time, but the DRS was not cooperating.”

Verstappen is capable of handling strain; Ferrari is fresh to this

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, on the other hand, is unlikely to see a replay of Imola or Miami.

Verstappen battled from behind to pass Leclerc throughout those weekends, as his Ferrari fought to maintain its tyres alive.

However, following Leclerc’s Q3 spin, Marko believes it is Verstappen’s capacity to manage the championship fight strain that provides Red Bull the race-day benefit.

“Last year we won the World Championship,” Marko added.

“Before Mercedes dominated at the end of the year, we were also at the top of the championship. For Ferrari, this situation is a bit newer and therefore the pressure is greater for them.

“Max has proven in the last two Grands Prix that he doesn’t make mistakes under high pressure and immediately punishes a weakness in the opponent.”

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