Marko: The situation got out of control
25 March 2013 – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has admitted that the battle for the lead between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix was ‘out of control’, with the German ignoring team orders to overcome his team-mate.
Despite repeat calls from team boss Christian Horner to hold position and stick to a pre-race plan, Vettel attacked for the lead and ultimately found a way past Webber, leaving the latter heavily frustrated and Marko with little defence for his actions.
"He (Vettel) was immediately behind and then there was a race. At this stage you can’t talk to racing drivers."
Marko says internal discussions will take place ahead of next month's Chinese Grand Prix in a bid to resolve the situation, with the pair on uneasy terms after the race.
"The team will have a word because we have to control the drivers," he added. "It’s not like at Mercedes where it’s a clear number one. We treat the drivers the same."