Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner walk in the Paddock prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 18, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Rumor: There is a power struggle at Red Bull (2nd Update)

Based on this latest news, this rumor is downgraded to ‘false’ today.

There are those in the F1 paddock so flustered by Max Verstappen’s dominance they will create rumors to try and cause chaos in the Red Bull ranks.

October 17, 2023 

Helmut Marko has hit back at “speculation” surrounding his future in F1 amid rumors of political unrest at Red Bull.

The 80-year-old Austrian has moved to deny the reports, insisting that only he will decide when he stops.

“There is no summit this week,” Marko told Austrian outlet Oe24.

“I have a contract until the end of next year. When and how I stop, when [it] is over, I decide and not, for example, Mr. Horner.”

Asked about the alleged power struggle between himself and Horner, Marko stated: “Through the new constellation [following the death of Dietrich Mateschitz] everything is different.

“People are trying to re-line the powers.”

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko walk in the Paddock at Bahrain International CircuitPhoto by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko walk in the Paddock at Bahrain International Circuit Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

October 17, 2023 

(GMM) Notwithstanding Red Bull’s utter dominance of Formula 1 at present, there are rumblings of a power struggle within the energy drink owned team’s upper ranks.

Rumors suggest that Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is at odds with the team owner’s powerful F1 consultant Dr Helmut Marko, 80.

A report by the Brazilian broadcaster O Globo alleges that Marko is clashing behind the scenes not only with Horner, but also Red Bull’s company CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.

“In the past, there was this rumor that Alpha Tauri would be sold,” former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher told Sky Deutschland.

“But the sale was then prevented from Salzburg because it was a wish of the late Dietrich Mateschitz. Then it was decided that more support was needed,” the German said.

“Christian Horner then took that as an opportunity to say ‘if I have to support (Alpha Tauri) more, I also have to have more influence,” Schumacher added.

It is suggested that Marko may find himself ousted from Red Bull altogether over the spat.

“The owner family was originally of the opinion that there wasn’t necessarily a need for two teams in Formula 1,” Schumacher continued.

“Now I get the feeling that Horner will take over the Alpha Tauri topic and make them as successful as possible to possibly sell the team at a high price at some point.

“That’s the intention behind it all.”

Schumacher continued to explain that amid the rumblings is another rumor that while Marko continues to support the Honda-backed Yuki Tsunoda, “Horner is of the opinion that Tsunoda is no longer the right driver”.

That would tie up with the fact that despite Japanese Tsunoda’s new deal for 2024, he is being linked with a move to Honda’s next F1 destination – Aston Martin.

“Dr Marko was always the link between Salzburg, the interests of the team, and also the interests of Didi Mateschitz. He was the advisor,” said Schumacher.

“Horner was hired by Dr Marko, but it was not without controversy in Salzburg. We cannot forget that the Thai shareholder has slightly different interests and apparently Horner is more oriented towards Thailand at the moment because he had a difficult life in Salzburg.”

Schumacher said it is in Red Bull’s interests to resolve the situation as quickly as possible because “unrest causes performance to suffer”.

Ralf also thinks the power struggle could explain the stories doing the rounds that Marko may soon be forced out of F1.

Schumacher warned: “Horner would be well advised not to put any further pressure on him. That wouldn’t end well for him. The connection between Dr Marko and (Max) Verstappen cannot be underestimated here.

“Dr Marko promoted him from very early on and is always on his side. We hear that Verstappen would not tolerate it (Marko’s exit) and would rather do without Horner,” he speculated.

Ultimately, it could be Austrian Marko’s advancing years that could resolve the situation, as he may “no longer want the stress of travelling to racetracks all around the world”.

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