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Helmut Marko has developed something of a reputation in F1 for his controversial remarks, often about the youngsters in Red Bull's driver academy and his assessment of their progress.

The Red Bull academy is responsible for producing some of the best talents in the sport but has also discarded several young talents - sometimes ruthlessly - after failing to meet expectations. 

However, the 79-year-old has recently bestowed praise on Haas's Mick Schumacher after his recent upturn in form, as quoted by

"Without the technical issue in Montreal, he would have finished in the points there", the Austrian told RTL.

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"The beginnings are there - it seems he needs real pressure and criticism, then it works."

Given Marko's advisory role at Red Bull requires him to observe and analyse the progress of young drivers, it is hardly a surprise he has an opinion on the Ferrari prospect.

Mick Schumacher's destiny in F1 - at least for now - lies with Ferrari, so it would be a stretch even to link the #47 to a seat other than Haas for the foreseeable future. 

That said, Helmut Marko and Red Bull have a decision to make about Yuki Tsunoda, whose contract expires at the end of this season. 

Tsunoda started the season strongly, impressing the paddock and community with his drive in Imola, which catapulted him ahead of teammate Pierre Gasly in the standings. 

The Frenchman still maintains an objective edge over his younger teammate, and a combination of misfortune (Baku) and unforced errors (Silverstone) mean Tsunoda has gone some time without finishing in the points.

Still, the current crop of Red Bull juniors in Formula 2 has been quite average (especially compared to Tsunoda's rookie campaign in the series), so a sequence of clean weekends should be enough to secure him another year in F1.