March 1, 2024

AUSTRIA: Ralf Schumacher has warned Christian Horner to not attempt to oust Helmut Marko, as Max Verstappen “wouldn’t tolerate it”. In response to a report from Brazilian media, all is just not nicely at Purple Bull, regardless of the crew securing one other championship double and Verstappen claiming their third successive World title.

Regardless of an nearly three-decade relationship and Marko being the one to carry Horner over to Purple Bull, the connection has soured of late following Marko’s quite a few contradictory feedback about Sergio Perez’s future, topped by his xenophobic comment.

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Throw in Horner taking a extra energetic position at Purple Bull’s junior crew AlphaTauri, one thing that was underneath Marko’s remit, and tensions have reportedly been climbing to the purpose {that a} essential assembly is alleged to be going down this week.

Nevertheless, Horner could have neglected one enormous side of his alleged energy play: Max Verstappen. The Dutchman could be very near Marko, who was the one who noticed his expertise throughout his single season in European Components 3 and opened the door to his meteoric rise into Components 1.

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As such, Schumacher believes Verstappen “wouldn’t tolerate” Marko being unceremoniously ousted from Purple Bull. He believes the Briton is short-sighted in making an attempt to do away with Marko, because the 80-year-old “received’t wish to have the stress of travelling to racetracks around the globe without end.”

However the Perez feedback and Horner’s prolonged position at AlphaTauri aren’t the one points between the Purple Bull crew boss and the motorsport advisor; there’s additionally the AlphaTauri line-up.

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Final month, Purple Bull confirmed Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda could be the junior crew’s 2024 line-up, however Horner wasn’t eager on persevering with with the Japanese driver.

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