Christian Horner meets with Max Verstappen's manager as F1 star's father to miss Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Christian Horner meets with Max Verstappen's manager as F1 star's father to miss Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

WATCH NOW: Christian Horner discussed as Red Bull chief meets with Max Verstappen's manager

Lewis Winter

By Lewis Winter

Published: 04/03/2024

- 21:31

The Red Bull chief has vowed to continue despite increased scrutiny on his position

Christian Horner reportedly held a face-to-face meeting with Max Verstappen's manager on Monday amid a row with the F1 driver's father.

The Red Bull team principal has attempted to iron out issues with the Verstappen family after tensions escalated over the weekend.

Verstappen started 2024 as he finished 2023, cruising to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday as he hunts a fourth-successive world title.

But the Dutchman's victory has been overshadowed by off-track issues at Red Bull centred around the long-serving Horner.

Christian Horner

Christian Horner met with Max Verstappen's manager in Dubai on Monday


Horner was subject to allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a female colleague, claims he always denied.

He was cleared by Red Bull last Wednesday after an internal investigation but the matter didn't stop there.

A file of messages and photographs purporting to be evidence in the investigation was leaked to journalists and senior F1 figures on Thursday.

Horner continued in his role as usual and refused to comment on the file sent by an anonymous email account.

He put on a united front at the Grand Prix with his wife Geri Halliwell, who had flown in from the UK.

However, Verstappen's father Jos launched an attack on Horner, where he accused the 50-year-old of 'playing the victim'.

Reports from ESPN have also claimed that Jos Verstappen will not be in Saudi Arabia due to the 'narrative starting to shift towards him'.

Now, according to PA, it appears Horner has attempted to sort out any issues between him and Verstappen.

It is claimed he met with Raymond Vermeulen, the manager of Verstappen Jnr, in Dubai on Monday.

The talks are said to have gone 'well' as Red Bull prepare for the second race of the season this weekend.

Other senior figures at Red Bull are also said to have been present at the meeting between Horner and Vermeulen.

Whether Horner can sort out his difference with Jos Verstappen remains to be seen, with the Telegraph claiming their relationship had been 'severed beyond repair'.


Jos Verstappen

Jos Verstappen has made his feelings clear on Christian Horner


Verstappen Snr gave a damning verdict on Horner to the Daily Mail on Sunday.

He said: "There is tension here while he remains in position. The team is in danger of being torn apart.

"It can't go on the way it is. It will explode.

"He is playing the victim, when he is the one causing the problems."

Max Verstappen and Christian Horner

Max Verstappen won the first race of the season as Christian Horner continues in his role


However, Horner is determined to stay in the role and confirmed he will still be in place this weekend.

He said: "Yes, absolutely. I wouldn't be here otherwise. We are a very strong team. We have got tremendous support, tremendous partners and great shareholders behind us as well. You don't achieve this kind of result by not being united.

"Obviously it's not been pleasant, the unwanted attention. But the focus is now very much on the cars.

"My focus has very much been on what's going on on track and the result today I think demonstrates where the whole team's focus is and we move onwards."

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