Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko left former F1 driver ‘in need of treatment’ and Jaime Algiersoari still ‘wakes up in tears’ from ‘shock’ and is convinced ‘many’ suffer from the same problem

Former Formula 1 driver Jaime Algiersoari is still ‘wake up in tears’ after nightmares about Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko, who left him in need of treatment.

Alguersuari became F1’s youngest driver at 19 years and 125 days old in 2009, when Red Bull snatched him from Formula Renault and secured a seat on sister team Toro Rossi mid-season.

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Marco is a constant presence in the ring as the right hand of Christian Horner

But Al-Qarswari left the advisor

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But Al-Qarswari left the advisor

That record was later taken by 17-year-old Max Verstappen, while Alguersuari had three seasons in F1 with the now-named Alpha Tauri team, scoring a respectable 31 points in 46 Grand Prix.

Like a number of Red Bull’s young drivers, Alguersuari’s F1 career was short-lived, with world champion Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel among the few to excel in the programme.

Alguersuari attributed much of that to Chancellor Marko claiming that he and other Red Bull drivers were taken aback by the 79-year-old Austrian.

Speaking to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Alguersuari, now a DJ, said: “I’ll tell you one thing: I still dream, when I sleep I have very strange, very strange dreams from all that time.

“Above all from the impotence and frustration of not coming, from seeing Mr. Marco always angry, and hitting me. Like we were children. I see myself like this.”

This caused a shock, and I’m convinced of it [fellow Red Bull junior Sebastien] Buemi also tests it, and much more.

Many drivers like Daniel Ricciardo have detailed their intense experiences with Marco

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Many drivers like Daniel Ricciardo have detailed their intense experiences with Marco


“I couldn’t clean this up. Listen, I did the therapy, and when I retired many psychologists helped me try this to build a new life, but I wanted to try this to cleanse everything I lived in before.”

“Now, however, strange things come to mind. Sometimes I wake up crying, in moments of making a big swear, and find Mr. Marco’s angry face. All this since I was fifteen.”

Unlike many F1 novices, Alguersuari was thrown straight into the thick of it at Hungaroring in 2009, without pre-season testing or time to learn the car.

He finished a respectable 15th on his debut, but failed to earn a point in his eight races at the end of the season.

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“It was outrageous, I was 19,” he said of the first shock.

“Not so much because of my age, but because I haven’t gotten into the car and launched myself in the middle of the year.

“At the time he was the head of the junior team, he won Formula 3 in Great Britain, and they came up with that.

“But it was the only chance I had, it might not have been the best, but it was the one I had.

“I wasn’t ready to go there, in every way, but there was no other way. You can’t say no because you don’t know when it will happen again.”

Al-Qarsuri took his chance, but it only lasted three seasons

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Al-Qarsuri took his chance, but it only lasted three seasons

“Red Bull feels way like your parents, because they’re the ones who paid for your race so you can race, and they make the decisions.”

Continuing with Marko’s discussion, Alguersuari, now a DJ known as “Squire,” said he’s only seen the advisor once since then, detailing how he learned he lost his spot with the team.

“I never saw him again,” he said. “I would like to.

“The only thing I know about all of this is that when Franz Tost [Toro Rosso/Alpha Tauri team principal] He called me the day after the Cepsa event at 8am to tell us Red Bull could no longer help us and had bad news.

Alguersuari doesn't blame Marco for cutting him off, but for the trauma he caused

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Alguersuari doesn’t blame Marco for cutting him off, but for the trauma he caused

‘He hung up because I thought he didn’t want to talk to me. I pick up the phone and call Helmut Marko directly. ‘It’s a joke?’ “You have already found out, have you not?” “What is this, Helmut?” And he said to me, “I could do nothing.”

“It’s over, the years have passed, but he made me understand that in Red Bull he decides not just one, but a ‘board’ behind me, with different interests.

“But it was clear to me that Marco doesn’t decide, from what he told me. And that was the last time I spoke to him. When I was hanging at the BBC, I greeted him in the ring, nothing more.”

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