Max Verstappen: Red Bull driver insists Christian Horner and Helmut Marko must stay at team after feud claims
Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have been at Red Bull since the team joined Formula 1 in 2005; watch the full United States GP weekend live on Sky Sports F1, with qualifying at 10pm on Friday, the Sprint at 11pm on Saturday, and then the Grand Prix at 8pm on Sunday
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Max Verstappen says Helmut Marko and Christian Horner are staying to keep the Red Bull-winning formula continuing.
Max Verstappen insists Christian Horner and Helmut Marko “must stay” at Red Bull after speculation about a feud between the leading figures at the team.
Ahead of this weekend’s United States GP – live on Sky Sports F1 – reports emerged that team principal Horner wanted Marko out of the team due to disagreements on a variety of topics, despite Red Bull sealing both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles with five rounds remainin
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Red Bull advisor Marko, who has a big say in selecting the team’s – and its junior AlphaTauri squad’s – driver line-up, says he has a contract with Red Bull until the end of 2024 and told Austrian outlet Oe24 that he, and not Horner, will decide when he leaves the
Verstappen, who has just sealed a third successive drivers’ title and wields considerable power at Red Bull as the team’s star driver, suggests that their successful infrastructure must remain.
When asked by Sky Sports F1 if either Horner or Marko leaving Red Bull would impact his future with the team, Verstappen answered: “That’s why they are not leaving.”
Marko (C) and Horner (R) have been key figures in Verstappen’s success
“Everyone is staying in exactly the same role. That has never really been a discussion. It’s very important when you are doing well, and the team are doing very well, that you keep those people that are very important to the success of the team. Everyone knows that.
“From our side, it has always been super clear. I don’t know why people outside the team were trying to doubt that. From our side, it’s always been clear that it has to stay that way.”