Christian Horner Saga Development as Fia President Makes Max Verstappen Request

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has reportedly approached Red Bull Racing’s star driver Max Verstappen, urging him to publicly support his team boss, Christian Horner, amidst the ongoing off-track controversies.

The Bahrain Grand Prix witnessed a tumultuous weekend for Red Bull Racing, with Max Verstappen’s season-opening victory being overshadowed by off-track troubles surrounding Christian Horner.

Just a day after allegations of inappropriate behavior against Horner were dismissed by Red Bull’s parent company, the team boss found himself back in the headlines when an email was released, claiming to contain information related to the investigation. Horner has consistently refused to comment on the matter, stating to the media that he “can’t comment on what people are choosing to write.”

However, the situation escalated as Max Verstappen’s father, Jos Verstappen, called for Horner’s resignation in interviews with two newspapers. Jos Verstappen told the Daily Mail that there would be tension within the Red Bull camp if Horner “remains in position” and informed De Telegraaf that it “cannot continue this way.”

The latest development suggests FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem intervened, approaching Max Verstappen after the driver made a PR-esque comment about Horner during the Bahrain weekend. Verstappen’s response to questions about his faith in Horner was, “Listen, when I look at how Christian operates within the team, he has been an incredible team boss, so absolutely, from the performance side of things, you can’t even question that. So that’s what I’m also dealing with.”

Verstappen emphasized that he and Horner frequently communicate, and despite potential distractions, they remain focused on the team’s performance. Red Bull Racing, responding to reports of unrest within the team, denied any issues, stating, “There are no issues here. The team is united, and we are focused on racing,” according to PA.

Meanwhile, Jos Verstappen, who had a public falling out with Horner in Bahrain, denied being behind the leaked email. “Why would I do that? Max has a contract with Red Bull until 2028, is performing great, and feels at home here. I have no interest in that at all,” he told a Dutch publication.