Helmut Marko is the head of Red Bull's driver development programme and an advisor to the Red Bull Racing F1 team.
As a driver he enjoyed his first major success in 1971, winning that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Dutchman Gijs van Lennep in a Porsche 917. A year later during the 1972 Targa Florio, an endurance race held on the mountain roads of Sicily, he set the fastest laps of the race at the wheel of an Alpha Romeo 33.
His successes led to a chance to race in Formula 1, but eight races into a promising Grand Prix career a stone was thrown up by a car ahead, smashing through his visor and into his left eye. Marko lost vision in the eye and never raced again.
He subsequently turned his attentions to driver management and development, running a team in the junior formulas before selling it to Red Bull boss, Dietrich Mateschitz. Marko would go on to head up the hugely successful Red Bull Junior Team, an initiative that has under his leadership produced 11 Formula 1 Drivers and a four-time world champion.