Max Verstappen's private stance on Christian Horner revealed as Red Bull chief waits to discover fate

Max Verstappen's private stance on Christian Horner revealed as Red Bull chief waits to discover fate

WATCH NOW: Geri Halliwell left 'devastated' by allegations against Christian Horner

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 28/02/2024

- 09:13

Updated: 28/02/2024

- 09:15

The duo have worked well together in recent years, helping the F1 side dominate the sport

Max Verstappen is believed to be 'neutral' amid the current investigation into Red Bull chief Christian Horner, reports say.

Verstappen has dominated Formula One while working with Horner, with the 26-year-old winning the past three titles to establish himself as one of the best drivers of his generation.

There have been reports suggesting that Horner's relationship with Verstappen's father is 'badly damaged', however, despite the success they've enjoyed.

Verstappen opened up on the investigation last week, keeping his cards close to his chest while saying it will be 'nice for everyone' once the matter is put to bed.

Max Verstappen Christian Horner

Max Verstappen is reportedly 'neutral' amid the ongoing investigation into Red Bull chief Christian Horner


Horner categorically denies allegations of inappropriate behaviour and is adamant he'll be able to clear his name.

A final decision is expected to be announced to the world today, with the F1 community waiting to see what happens.

And the i newspaper say Verstappen is 'neutral' and seemingly refusing to pick sides amid suggestions of a power struggle at Red Bull.

Some feel the new Red Bull leadership wants to bring control of the F1 operation to their base in Salzburg.

That has already placed Horner's position 'under threat', despite all the work he's done since his appointment in 2005.

Yet the report does say the 50-year-old continues to have the support of Red Bull majority shareholder, Chalerm Yoovidhya.

Horner, for his part, is working as normal.

He's adamant he's done nothing wrong and is focused on helping Red Bull achieve more success in F1 this year regardless of the uncertainty over his future.

Horner continues to have the support of wife Geri Halliwell, with the pair previously marrying in 2015.

Geri is reportedly struggling to process how her husband could be the subject of such vicious allegations.

Red Bull are poised to announce their final decision on Horner today and, should they decide the 50-year-old will leave the team, then they'll start an immediate hunt for a potential successor.

Horner has long planned to be in Bahrain for the first race of the season this weekend, however.

Regardless of what's happening behind the scenes, Red Bull are expected to dominate the sport again this year given their remarkable achievements in 2023.

Verstappen won 19 of his 22 races, securing a third F1 title of his career in the process.


Christian Horner Max Verstappen Red Bull

Christian Horner and Max Verstappen have achieved big success at Red Bull over the past few years


Speaking last week, meanwhile, the Red Bull star insisted he was focusing on himself despite the Horner saga.

When quizzed on the investigation by Sky Sports, he said: "I mean in terms of talking about that, it's not that suddenly sat here, that I can speak about things.

"So it's better that I just focus on my own performance because that's already the day job.

"But I guess, of course, for everyone, it's nice, of course, when things are resolved.

"But that's the only thing that I can say about that.

Max Verstappen Red Bull

Max Verstappen has insisted he's focusing on himself as the Red Bull star eyes more F1 glory


"Everyone who is here, they're all focusing on the performance of the car, as they should.

"Everyone knows their role and everyone is very focused on trying to make the whole package faster."

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