Red Bull's search for the X Factor

Red Bull's search for the X Factor

Motorsport's most famous junior driver development programme has a reputation for being cut-throat. EDD STRAW finds out how it operates and just how high its standards are

Helmut Marko is portrayed as something of a pantomime villain in the English-speaking corners of Formula 1 fandom.

As Dietrich Mateschitz's man in the paddock, he is seen as a Machiavellian power-behind-the-throne, whose machinations and whims decide the fates of countless Red Bull-affiliated drivers through the junior programme he has long run.

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