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Helmut Marko

Marko demands peace between Horner and Verstappen

A spat between Jos Verstappen and Christian Horner is keeping tempers high in Austria, and Helmut Marko has called for an end to the situation.

Helmut Marko has called on Christian Horner and Jos Verstappen to put aside their differences following their latest spat.

During the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, Verstappen Senior hit out at Red Bull team principal Horner, claiming the Briton was opposed to the ex-Formula 1 driver's participation in a 'Legends Parade' around the Red Bull Ring.

The feud has also resulted in Jos not ruling out the potential for his son Max to switch to Mercedes for the 2025 campaign.

Marko has urged the duo to place concentration on its on-track performance, with rival teams reeling in the reigning world champions across the last handful of weeks.

We have to concentrate on the sporting aspect. McLaren is a strong opponent and although we have a reassuring lead, it came about mainly because our competitors were snatching points from each other,” Marko told Sky Deutschland.

That is changing. It seems to be becoming one opponent and I think that task is big enough.

Red Bull 'has enough problems'

Red Bull has faced an increased challenge from McLaren at recent races, with Lando Norris placing Verstappen under pressure en route to the chequered flag.

Marko stated Red Bull has enough problems to consider without the public squabble between Horner and Verstappen 

“We have decided to concentrate on the sporting side,” he said. “We already have enough problems and we are solving that.

“I think this is a private matter between Christian and Jos. 

“Anyway, it shouldn't really be about trivial things like a show run. Max is present in the main race and that is the most important thing.”

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