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Bold Marko hails 'amazing' new Red Bull

Dr Helmut Marko is defiantly confident after the first two test days in the life of Red Bull's 2011 car. Wearing the number 1 on the nose for world champion Sebastian Vettel, the RB7 has been impressive so far at the Ricardo Tormo track near...

Dr Helmut Marko is defiantly confident after the first two test days in the life of Red Bull's 2011 car.

Wearing the number 1 on the nose for world champion Sebastian Vettel, the RB7 has been impressive so far at the Ricardo Tormo track near Valencia, Spain.

Wednesday's action was watched on by the team's owner Dietrich Mateschitz, but it was his right-hand man Marko who gushed the loudest.

"If a race were held now, we would lap everybody," the Austrian told Bild newspaper. "How our car goes through the corners is amazing."

Even the usually-reserved Mateschitz sounded very confident.

"This will be our third strong year in a row," the billionaire energy drinks magnate predicted.

Said 23-year-old driver Vettel: "I cannot complain as I'm satisfied so far, but all the cars will still change considerably. Whether we're ahead or not is hard to say."

Mercedes' Norbert Haug said: "I don't think they're looking too bad."

And seven time world champion Michael Schumacher jokingly agreed. "The new Red Bull?" said the German. "Looks good. The colour, I mean ..."

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