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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.