Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko says he was wrong to claim that Max Verstappen had not braked excessively and caused Lewis Hamilton to run into the back of the Dutchman's car in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The lap 37 contact on the back straight between F1's dueling duo was a major talking point after the eventful race in Jeddah.
Ahead of the stewards' decision to hand a 10-second penalty to Verstappen for "erratic" driving and causing the incident, a furious Marko claimed that Red Bull's data would prove that Verstappen had not brake-tested his rival as Hamilton had alleged in the heat of the moment.
However, the stewards' investigation revealed that the Red Bull driver had indeed braked heavily in his attempt to hand back the leading position to Hamilton.
And Marko owned up to his erroneous comment.
"At the time of the television interviews, I passed on exactly the information that I had received from the engineers beforehand," Marko told F1 Insider.
"They were obviously not correct, so I'm sorry for that."
With last weekend's chaotic affair and controversies now in the rear-view mirror, Marko is focused on Red Bull and Verstappen's job at hand in Abu Dhabi: winning the world title.
"Hopefully, the unfortunate chapter of Saudi Arabia is now closed," said the Austrian. "In any case, we are only looking ahead.
"We want to win in Abu Dhabi and thus win the title. We will do everything for that, but we will not start any unfair actions."