Horner 'relieved' to avoid Mercedes drama
30 May 2014 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says he is "relieved" not to be experiencing the internal tension that has struck rival outfit Mercedes, after half a decade of controlling battling team-mates.
Horner oversaw a tumultuous partnership between former driver Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, who endured a number of dramatic incidents during their five-season spell at the Milton Keynes outfit.
And while Vettel's relationship with new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo has got off to a strong start, Silver Arrows duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton clashed over the course of a dramatic Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
The drivers were not on speaking terms during race day in the Principality, after ultimate race winner Rosberg effectively sealed pole position when he ran off track and brought out the yellow flags at the end of qualifying.
"I'm relieved it's not us for a change," Horner said of the situation.
"Every team will deal with their issues how they see best and I assume that Mercedes will deal with it the way they want it dealt with."
He added: "It's the nature of sport, that when you've got competitive sportsmen competing against each other the word 'team-mate' is a bit of a fallacy."