Christian Horner and Max Verstappen’s dad agree ‘ceasefire’

The situation's impact on Max Verstappen’s future with Red Bull, where he has a contract until 2028, remains uncertain.

Christian Horner, along with key figures at Red Bull Racing like Helmut Marko and Jos Verstappen, has initiated discussions to mitigate the recent internal upheaval at the Formula 1 champions.

This comes after a Red Bull employee accused Horner of misconduct, a claim from which he was exonerated following a three-week inquiry by an external KC.

The employee has been suspended by the team and is appealing the decision while also bringing the matter to the FIA’s ethics committee.

The controversy has revealed underlying tensions within the team, highlighting a power struggle that involves Horner, Jos Verstappen, and Marko.

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Jos Verstappen made a stark prediction about the team’s future if Horner remained, while Max Verstappen hinted at a potential exit if Marko were to be ousted, with Mercedes being a possible destination.

Amidst this, there’s an effort to reach an understanding before the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, emphasizing the importance of not letting off-track politics affect their performance.

The Mirror reports a temporary “public ceasefire” among the involved parties, with Horner receiving support from Red Bull’s Austrian board and Thai majority owner Chalerm Yoodivhya, signaling a united front at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The situation’s impact on Max Verstappen’s future with Red Bull, where he has a contract until 2028, remains uncertain.

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However, Verstappen has voiced strong support for Marko, underscoring his critical role in his decision-making and the team’s success.

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Despite personal challenges, including the public dissemination of private messages, Horner has called for privacy and intends to focus on the upcoming races.

His wife, Geri Halliwell, supported him at the season’s initial races amid these controversies.

Horner’s presence at Albert Park signifies Red Bull’s aim to continue their winning streak, demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity and commitment to their competitive ambitions.