Marko laments attempts by rivals to poach Red Bull staff

1 February, 2013

Dr Helmut Marko (AUT) Red Bull Motorsport Consultant. Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 23 February 2012.

Helmut Marko

Red Bull is constantly pushing to keep its winning team together, as rivals seek to dismantle the winning formula which has seen the energy drinks squad win three world championships in a row.

Having confirmed this week that team boss Christian Horner is staying put for several more years, Dr Helmut Marko is now turning his attention to other contracts.

But not his own. Regarded as energy drink magnate Dietrich Mateschitz’s right hand man on F1 matters, the coarse and outspoken Austrian Marko said his pact with his billionaire boss was “settled with a handshake”.

So would he commit right now to at least another five years at Red Bull?

“Yes, something like that,” Marko, a doctor of law and former driver, told Kleine Zeitung.

But as for members of the ultra-successful Milton Keynes based team who have signed up in black ink, Marko admitted that he looks “every six months at all the major contracts” and attempts to renew “those that should be extended”.

Undoubtedly, he is referring to key figures like Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey, but the latest speculation had been about Briton Horner, Red Bull’s 39-year-old British team principal who had been linked to Ferrari.

Marko said only: “There are not many [in F1] who do not try to poach staff from Red Bull.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Worth mentioning to Marko were did Red Bull get the key players from I might be wrong but I think it was Other Teams, Berk.

  • pheasant plucker

    It is astonishing that Marko is in charge of the junior development program at Red Bull.

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