In the last few days there have been more and more rumors about Helmut Marko and Christian Horner. Many media write that this duo is in a fight, and that Horner wants to 'get rid' of Marko. However, Horner denied such rumors in an interview with Mirror Sport.
Christian emphasized that Marko was the one who gave him a chance and that he is grateful to him for that. Disagreements will always exist, but the most important thing is that this Red Bull duo is not currently in conflict.
"My relationship with Helmut goes back to 1996, when I first bought the trailer from him to compete in the Formula 3000 championship. I then competed against his team and then, when he was responsible for the junior drivers at Red Bull, I contracted those drivers from him in Formula 3000 and won the championship.
As a result of that, he recommended me and provided me with the opportunity, in front of Dietrich Mateschitz [the Red Bull founder who died last October]. Without Helmut, I wouldn't be in the position that I am today. Like with the young drivers that he has given an opportunity, he also gave me that opportunity.
We've always enjoyed a very strong and open relationship. Of course, there are things that we disagree on now and again, but I think that's healthy”. - Horner said, as quoted by crash.net!
Although Marko is 80 years old, his passion and love for Formula 1 is still there.
It is incredible that despite his age, he still has an important role, and that he is still one of the most important people in the team. Of course, this is not without reason. Marko is a man with enormous experience and knowledge.
Red Bull would not be the same without him, and many are aware of that. "We speak very regularly about all aspects. For Helmut, it's slightly different to how it used to be since the passing of his friend and colleague Dietrich, but he still has a very valuable role that he plays within the team and there is absolutely no intent or desire from me, or anyone within the team, to see that change.
For as long as he wants to continue – he's still a very spritely 80-year-old – I don't see any change in the way that we work. Roles evolve and the business has evolved so much since we first came into the sport. "