Horner: Marko can be a little outspoken at times

Christian Horner with Helmut Marko

Christian Horner with Helmut Marko

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has played down the significance of an apparent spat between Mark Webber and the team’s outspoken Helmut Marko.

Recently, Austrian Marko suggested Red Bull’s main allegiance is to triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, because of Australian Webber’s inconsistent form.

Webber, who on Sunday attended his seventh consecutive Red Bull launch, had hit back that it had been clear “for a long time” that he is not part of Marko’s “agenda”.

Asked about the apparent inequality implied by Marko’s comments and Webber’s reaction, the 36-year-old driver said on Sunday: “They know [that] I need 100 per cent support.

“You cannot win a world title with only 90, you need 100, and we’re going into 2013 with this in place, and I’m comfortable with that,” Webber added.

British team principal Horner, who co-owns a GP3 team with Webber, insisted that the incident with Marko does not mean Red Bull is not “happy” with its full driver pairing.

“If we weren’t happy with Mark then we would never have signed him to be with the team for this year,” he said.

Horner added: “As we all know, Helmut can be a little outspoken at times with his comments but he is entitled to his opinion, and sometimes these things can be misinterpreted as well.” (GMM)

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