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Helmut Marko

Marko dismisses claims Horner wants him out of Red Bull

The Austrian has been a constant at the team since it entered Grand Prix racing in 2005.

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Dr Helmut Marko has dismissed suggestions that Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is trying to force him out of the team.

Despite the dominance on track with another championship double secured in 2023, there are suggestions of Horner wanting to force Motorsport Advisor Marko out of his role, with the reports stemming from an article written by former F1 racer Luciano Burti.

Marko, officially, has nothing to do with Red Bull Racing and is an advisor for Red Bull GmbH, the overall company, having been a trusted lieutenant of founder and owner Dietrich Mateschitz before his death.

He was replaced by Oliver Mintzlaff with Marko believing that Horner is after more power within the team after currently serving as CEO and Team Principal.

Marko addresses Horner comment

"No idea," Marko responded when asked b Austria's OE24 where the rumours of his being replaced had come from.

"There is no summit, I have a contract until the end of year next.

"When and how I stop, when it is over, I decide, and not for example, Mr Horner.

"Due to the new [structures after the death of Mateschitz in October 2022], everything is different, and people are trying to redefine their powers.

"This is all just speculation, like also about [Sergio] Perez, there is no ultimatium [to finish second in the Drivers' or lose or lose his seat for 2024.

"We're winning too much - incredible things are happening and Max Verstappen's performances should be appreciated more - it is extraordinary.

"It is very reassuring that there is still something like loyalty and appreciation.

"Since our first conversation when Max was 15, there has been a special connection between us.

"Now I am looking forward to Auston where we can hopefully celebrate his 50th Grand Prix victory on Sunday."


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