Helmut Marko speaks out on involvement in text scandal

Christian Horner, the team principal, was caught off guard by rumors of Marko’s suspension.

Helmut Marko, in a conversation with Austrian broadcaster ORF, expressed his independence in decision-making amidst speculation over his position at Red Bull.

Marko emphasized, “I’ll put it this way, it’s difficult to judge or let’s put it this way, ultimately, I’ll decide for myself what I do.

“The theoretical possibility always exists.”

He also stressed the importance of unity and focus within the Red Bull team, particularly given the challenges of the upcoming world championship with 24 races.

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“I think it’s such a complex issue.

“Again, we want peace in the team.

“This world championship will be difficult enough with 24 races and we have to concentrate on that,” Marko remarked.

A meeting between Marko and Oliver Mintzlaff, the managing director of Red Bull, took place at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, allaying concerns over Marko’s future with the team.

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This discussion ensured Marko’s continuation in his advisory role, honoring his three-year contract with Red Bull.

Christian Horner, the team principal, was caught off guard by rumors of Marko’s suspension.

He clarified the situation as an internal matter between Marko and Red Bull GmbH, noting the team was not involved in the discussions.

Horner highlighted his longstanding relationship with Marko, dating back to 1996, and praised Marko’s enduring passion for Formula One.

“I’ve known Helmut since 1996, and he’s played an important role over the years.

“That role has evolved over the years. I’ve known him a very, very long time.

“Coming up to 81 years of age, he’s still obviously motivated about Formula One, which is a positive thing,” said Horner.

Addressing the controversy surrounding leaked messages, Marko firmly denied any involvement. “Absolute rubbish.

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“I’m really happy when I have my iPhone halfway under control.

“I haven’t seen this report or any of these chats.

“I deliberately stayed out of it,” he stated, dismissing the accusations and underscoring his lack of involvement in the matter.