German media reports have said that on the Wednesday before the Italian Grand Prix weekend, the day on which Daniel Ricciardo was named Red Bull’s 2014 driver, team principal Christian Horner was caught by surprise by the timing of the announcement.
While attending the premiere of the movie ‘Rush’ on the day, Horner received a telephone call to inform him that Red Bull’s driver consultant Helmut Marko had begun an appearance on Austrian television to announce Ricciardo’s 2014 signing.
A mere 13 minutes later, Horner had arranged the distribution of an official press release – with quotes attributed only to himself and the team’s design guru Adrian Newey, thus avoiding any red faces.
It is not known if Marko was trying to steal Horner’s thunder by not collaborating with the Briton with regards to the announcement. (GMM)
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