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Marko comments "not right", admits Horner

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15/09/2023

Christian Horner has admitted that Helmut Marko was wrong in making comments about Sergio Perez' ethnicity while explaining why Red Bull took no action against the Austrian.

"Those comments were not right, and he immediately apologized to Sergio directly," Horner told Sky Sports earlier today. "He is a very popular member of our team," he said of Perez, "and I pushed hard to sign him in 2021."

Asked why Red Bull has not taken action against Marko, a point that was raised by Lewis Hamilton on Thursday, Horner explained that the Austrian does not work for the team but the Red Bull Group.

"He is not part of Red Bull Racing," he said, "that is why we did not put out a statement. However, he is part of the bigger Red Bull Company Group, for which they have put out a comment.

"There is a code of conduct, ethics and sporting code, and we have communicated with FOM and the FIA over the past few days, and it's now for them to touch on."

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1. Posted by kenji, 16/09/2023 12:10

"There is a great difference between avoiding tax and minimising tax. I re iterate, considering the hoo har last year do you seriously think that RB would take any chances of even greater penalties this year? I should think that salary/remunerations would be too obvious an area for misallocation. They do have a clean bnill of health ATM."

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 16/09/2023 8:04

"@kenji. Various kinds of accountancy scams are used by most corporations to avoid tax or boost performance in order to pump up bonuses etc. I don't doubt RBR & all the rest are sufficiently street wise to be employing similar wheezes, maybe even "hiding g" Marko's compensation..."

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3. Posted by kenji, 16/09/2023 1:09

"@Dejan...don't you think that the team of investigators employed by the FIA to forensically dissect the teams financial records would've 'stumbled' onto this accusation ,especially after the scrutiny applied to the former year?. "

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4. Posted by ARL, 15/09/2023 22:20

"There are porkies, and then there are Red Bull Porkies. A google search of Companies House records shows that Helmut Marko is listed as one of two active Directors of Red Bull Racing Limited. I would put the direct link here but that may violate house rules. How many hotels he runs is irrelevant.

@dejan makes a very valid point!"

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5. Posted by dejan, 15/09/2023 21:12

"Isn't this admitting that Red Bull is violating the salary cap by having Helmut Marko's salary completely outside of the cost for the team?

Teams are only allowed to exclude the top three salaries, so by having the person who runs the team be completely on the outside they have another salary excluded"

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