Red Bull s Helmut Marko has defended his team s junior driver development programme amidst criticism that is failing to produce the talent that was expected. With very public tensions between Scott Speed and his team, and rumours in the paddock about the future driver line-up, Marko whose job is to liase with the Red Bull drivers has insisted that the programme has many up and coming stars and that it is fully justifiable.
“We have some very good people,â€ Marko explained. “One of them is Sebastien Buemi who is in F3 and recently did a very good Formula 1 test.â€ He then singled out drivers Brendon Hartley and Filipe Albuquerque before saying, “So we have a multiplicity of good drivers who are very successful in junior categories. If you make your judgment about Red Bull s junior programme only on the basis of Speed and Liuzzi, then I don t think that is fair.â€