Marko's official job title is Red Bull advisor, but he is not afraid to voice his opinion over just about anything be it about Mark Webber's inability to challenge for the World Championship, how good Sebastian Vettel is or the concerns over the current Pirelli tyres.
In recent weeks he has also been very outsp
ken about the Malaysian GP debacle where Vettel ignored team orders to overtake Webber and it raised questions about who is really in charge at the Milton Keynes squad.However, Horner is adamant that he is the only one who reports to team owner Dietrich Mateschitz about on-track events while Marko has been a big help in terms of off-track responsibilities.
"I have full responsibility for the operation of the team - trackside and in the factory," he told Autosport in an interview."I report directly to Dietrich, who has always been tremendously supportive. He sets high standards.
Helmut has responsibilities elsewhere with the young-driver programme, but he has no operational responsibility or input into how we operate as a racing team. He's an advisor to Dietrich, and he's obviously an experienced hand."Part of his role is that within the Red Bull corporate world, now that it's such a large company, he has enabled Red Bull Racing to retain its independence. That allows me to operate with the freedom to manage the business and manage the team how I see fit."
Mateschitz remains the man in charge when it comes to making major decisions, but Horner says he is the man in charge when it comes to running the triple World Champion squad."Dietrich is the chairman and a major shareholder, so of course I answer to him," said Horner.
"But he gives me the autonomy and he has a trust in me that I represent the team as well as I can, and he gives me very much a free hand to run and operate the team, to recruit, to operate the team the best way that I see fit. Of course I keep him updated. And of course with any major decisions - be it on the drivers for example - it will ultimately be with him," he said "But he has always followed and backed the team - whether that be an investment in capital expenditure, or be it in an engine change." (PlanetF1)