Helmut Marko LL.D., (born 27 April 1943 in Graz, Austria) is an advisor to the Red Bull GmbH Formula One Teams, and head of Red Bull's driver development program and a former racing driver.

He was a school friend of Jochen Rindt,[1] who was to become Formula One world champion in 1970. Marko competed in several race series, including 10 Formula One Grands Prix in 1971 and 1972, but scored no World Championship points.

Marko's first race in the 1971 German Grand Prix sharing Bonnier's McLaren M7C, but completely failed to qualify before the race started.

He had more success in endurance racing, winning the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Martini-Porsche 917K with Gijs van Lennep. During that year, they set a distance record which remained unbeaten until the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans (5,335.313 km, at an average of 222.304 km/h).

During the 1972 French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, a stone thrown up by Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus pierced Marko's helmet visor, permanently blinding his left eye and ending his racing career.[2][3]

Marko became a doctor of law in 1967. He owns two hotels in Graz – the Schlossberghotel and Augartenhotel. He was manager for Austrian racing drivers Gerhard Berger and Karl Wendlinger for some years before setting up and running RSM Marko in 1989, a race team competing in Formula 3 and Formula 3000; running under the name Red Bull Junior Team from 1999 onwards. From 1999 he has also overseen the Red Bull driver development programme, which has nurtured talented drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen into Formula One. Since 2005, he has been advisor to the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1971 Sweden Ecurie Bonnier McLaren-Ford 0 NC Report
United Kingdom Yardley-BRM BRM
1972 United Kingdom Austria-Marlboro BRM BRM 0 NC Report

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts Pos
1971 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
DNS 11th Ret 12th 13th
1972 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
10th 14th 8th 10th Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Races[edit | edit source]

Competitions where Marko has been receiving the winning manufacturer’s award on the podium.

Year Race Constructor
2010 United Arab Emirates 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Red Bull-Renault
2016 Spain 2016 Spanish Grand Prix Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Völker, Herbert. "The First Formula One Pop Star". The Red Bulletin September 2010. Red Bull Media House GmbH. http://www.redbull.com/cs/Satellite/en_INT/Article/The-First-Formula-One-Pop-Star-021242888137979. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
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  3. Williams, Richard (14 November 2010). "Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, the mastermind behind Sebastian Vettel". The Observer (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/nov/14/red-bull-sebastian-vettel-helmut-marko. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
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