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.
While Marko is certainly no diplomat, the caricature is unfair. After all, no one individual has come close to being responsible for as many drivers reaching F1 in recent years than the 70-year-old Austrian.
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