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.
"They had a race going on and we told the drivers to stay in the positions because we were worried about the tyre wear," Marko, who raced in Formula 1 in the early 1970s, told Sky Sports. "But at this stage it got out of control I have to say. It was Christian who said we had to look after the tyres and stay in position.
"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."