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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.

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 OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

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 ResultsEdit

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 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
DNS 11th Ret 12th 13th
1972 Flag of Argentina Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 0 NC
10th 14th 8th 10th Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  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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