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Verstappen exclusive: No bullish*t stories with Marko

Max Verstappen owes a lot to his father Jos Verstappen, but within Red Bull he has other father figures as well. Helmut Marko is the best example, though he also has a very good relationship with Christian Horner.

Max Verstappen has been driving for Red Bull for several years, having worked closely with team advisor Helmut Marko and team boss Christian Horner over that time. The former has looked after the Dutchman since he first saw him shine in Formula 3, and since then he's hardly left Verstappen's side. Since making the move from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, the Dutchman has developed a closer relationship with Horner as well. In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com , Verstappen says he gets on well with both men and even considers one of them like a father figure. "Helmut is like a father to me, yes," Verstappen stated. "I have a very good relationship with both of them and with Helmut...he says what he thinks and he is always straightforward. I like that. There are no bullsh*t stories with him. "The relationship with Marko is very good, and so is the one with Christian. Of course, over the years we have been through so much and it is all going well. We get along well." Both Marko and Horner have a past as racing drivers, but when asked, it's clear to Verstappen which of the two was better. "Helmut of course made it to F1 (and won the 24 Hours of Lemans together with Gijs van Lennep, while Horner's highest series was Formula 3000). It's hard to say but in the end I think it's Helmut, but maybe you'd better ask them together," Verstappen concluded.

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