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Helmut Marko

Helmut Marko
Marko in 1970
Born (1943-04-27) 27 April 1943
Graz, Austria
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Austrian
Active years 19711972
Teams BRM, non-works McLaren
Entries 10 (9 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1971 German Grand Prix
Last entry 1972 French Grand Prix

Helmut Marko LL.D., (born 27 April 1943 in Graz, Austria) is advisor to the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, 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 in 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). (Changes to the track reduced the average speed.)

Despite being concerned about poor safety at the Targa Florio, he drove the fastest laps around the 72 km Sicilian mountain circuit in the 1972 race, catching up over two minutes on the leader within two laps to finish second by a mere 17 seconds. His fastest lap in the Alfa Romeo 33 was 33 min 41 sec, at an average of 128.253 km/h.[2]

A few weeks later on 2 July, 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.[3][4]

Marko became a doctor of law in 1967.[5] 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, a race team competing in Formula 3 and Formula 3000 under the name Red Bull Junior Team. From 1999 he has overseen the Red Bull driver development programme, which has nurtured talented drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and brought Juan Pablo Montoya into Formula One. Since 2005 he has been advisor to the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
1971 Ecurie Bonnier McLaren M7C Cosworth V8 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER
NC 0
Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM V12 AUT
1972 Austria-Marlboro

External links

  • Profile at


  1. ^ Völker, Herbert. "The First Formula One Pop Star". The Red Bulletin September 2010. Red Bull Media House GmbH. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Örnerdal, Stefan. "56th Targa Florio 1972". Formula 2 Register. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ A Era dos Campeões (DVD). Hangar Filmes. 
  4. ^ Williams, Richard (14 November 2010). "Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, the mastermind behind Sebastian Vettel". The Observer (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Völker, Herbert. "Die Diagnosen des Doktors". Zeit Online. ZEIT ONLINE GmbH. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hans Herrmann
Richard Attwood
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1971 with:
Gijs van Lennep
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
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