The trio in question: Hans-Joachim Stuck (centre) believes Helmur Marko (right) should be dumped and replaced at Red Bull by Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost (left)
Friend to Richard’s F1 and Motorsports Competition Director for the Volkswagen group Hans-Joachim Stuck has waded into the ‘Wing-gate’ affair that has dogged Red Bull’s media attention for the last week since the British Grand Prix.
The former Grand Prix driver – whose current role oversees the works motorsport participation of all marques under the VW banner, which additionally include SEAT, Skoda and Lamborghini – described the decision to switch the controversial front wing to Sebastian Vettel’s car as an “absolute outrage”.
A media frenzy was sparked when team boss Christian Horner decreed that the sole-remaining version of the modified front wing fixed to Mark Webber’s car be switched to the sister car of Vettel before qualifying, prompting suggestions of favouritism within the team.
Stuck believes that the incident has all the hallmarks of Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko, who was also a key figure in the wake of the driving duo’s collision at the Turkish Grand Prix, when he laid the entire blame for the accident at Webber’s feet.
Writing in his regular column for TZ newspaper, Stuck described Horner as “just a puppet, the strings for Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz are pulled solely by Marko.”
He added: “And whoever decided to take the new wing away from Webber qualified for his final pension.
“Mateschitz must respond by putting in a new man at Red Bull," he went on, and recommended the current team boss of Red Bull’s second team, Toro Rosso, for the job.
“[Franz] Tost is in every respect one of the best managers in Formula One,” he concluded.
Do you agree with Hans-Joachim’s thoughts? Is Christian Horner a puppet for the so-called autocrats in Red Bull’s upper management? Post your comments below…
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