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How Helmut Marko saw his career as an F1 driver end abruptly 50 years ago

Today Helmut Marko is known primarily as the influential advisor to Red Bull Racing, but he once had a promising career as a Formula One driver. In a week's time, it will be exactly 50 years since that dream came to an abrupt end, when Marko suffered a severe accident and lost his left eye. Article continues under ad In the early summer of 1972, Austrian motorsport fans followed local heroes Helmut Marko and Niki Lauda through their first full Formula One season. Marko's successes up to that point had mainly been in endurance racing; he had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in a row. In 1970, he did so together with Austrian Rudi Lins; the following year he won the prestigious race...
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