Australia ‘two months too early’ for Red Bull - Helmut Marko

Helmut Marko says the start of the new F1 season “comes at least two months too early” for Red Bull.

The new RB10 has had precious little track time throughout the three pre-season tests as the team completed just 319 laps throughout the 12 days. Having averaged just over 26 laps per day, Marko admits Red Bull is well behind schedule and says it will take a long time for the team to be fully ready to go racing.

"The opening race comes at least two months too early for us,” Marko told Servus TV. “This is a very serious matter ... At the moment we do not know in what time frame it will be possible to catch up, or if it is possible at all."

Marko was also willing to go in to more detail about the problems Red Bull is facing with regards to the Renaultpower unit.

"We are struggling with turbo lag. You step on the gas, but the power does not arrive. It comes all of a sudden; the wheels spin, the car slides and you lose speed. We are working with Renault on the test benches day and night to improve the situation for Melbourne."