Helmut Marko

Mercedes-Benz has quickly hit back at claims made by Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko, that the German manufacturer torpedoed an engine supply deal with the Milton Keynes team.

Dr Marko (pictured) had earlier made comments that Mercedes rejected Red Bull’s approaches because of fears that Red Bull would trounce the factory Mercedes GP team if equipped with the same engine.

Speaking with Cologne’s newspaper Express, a Mercedes spokesperson has shifted all responsibility confirmed that it was McLaren who blocked the move.

"McLaren was (our) exclusive partner and did not agree,” they said. "Mercedes would have leased its engine to Red Bull, and these facts are well known to Red Bull.”

Take that!

The spokesperson also went on to refute claims made by Marko – a former F1 driver – that they have managed to eke out an unfair advantage in engine power despite the universal freeze on engine development.

Red Bull’s engine partner, Renault, is generally considered to have the least powerful engine in the field.

"Everything that our engineers do is strictly in conformity with the regulations and with the knowledge of the FIA. The FIA would gladly confirm this," the spokesperson added.

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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