Marko denies making Audi ultimatum

Wed, 13 May 2015, 10:35

May 13 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has hit back at reports he issued a new ultimatum about Red Bull’s involvement in formula one.

The BBC on Monday quoted the Austrian as declaring: “If we don’t have a competitive engine in the near future, then either Audi is coming or we are out.”

But Marko now says he was misquoted.

“This what an English journalist published,” he is quoted by Bild newspaper, “but it is not the truth.”

To Red Bull’s own broadcaster Servus TV, Marko added: “The interview was completely distorted — we have the original.

“In short, everything that was published was nonsense but it went all around the world.

“The starting point was that Gerhard Berger expressed a personal opinion that Red Bull and Audi should get together,” he explained.

“About this I say: ‘Well, that’s Gerhard’s opinion’. But we currently have a contract with Renault, which still applies until the end of 2016.

“We are in a difficult situation, but we can only get out of it by working together.

“Officially, Audi has spoken neither with us or anyone else — I believe the VW Group has other worries at the moment than taking care of formula one,” added Marko.

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