Helmut Marko joins call to scrap F1 Strategy Group

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Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko has become the latest figure within Formula 1 to call for the dissolution of the Strategy Group in favor of a more autocratic rule.

The F1 Strategy Group was created in 2013 as a body to give the teams a say in the management and governance of the sport, featuring Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams, McLaren and the next-best placed championship team – in 2015, Force India.

However, the self-interest of the teams involved has prevented any real progress being made by the sport in recent months, leading to calls from many for the body to be scrapped.

Instead, a more autocratic rule led by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, and its commercial rights holder, FOM, appears to be favored, with Marko becoming the latest figure to join this call.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Marko said that he felt the sport was over regulated and over-politicized, and should instead have a more direct rule.

“For sure it is overregulated – too many committees and too many people have a say,” Marko said. “Let them race!

“And get rid of the Strategy Group, because the teams will never agree on anything. Give the authority back to FOM and the FIA.”

Despite Red Bull being a member of the Strategy Group, Marko admitted that the self interest of all of the teams sitting around the table was only getting in the way of real progress for F1.

“Unfortunately nothing that would be required to make the show more exciting is achieved at the moment,” he said.

“But that is logical if you have four, five or six teams – everyone is looking for their own advantage and nobody is able to look beyond their own noses. So give it back to the people who know their business.”