Formula 1

Jos Verstappen Backs Accuser in Christian Horner Controversy Amidst Red Bull Racing Turmoil

In a recent development in the F1 world, Jos Verstappen has publicly supported the woman who accused Christian Horner of inappropriate behavior, adding further complexity to the controversy at Red Bull Racing. This stance from the father of F1 star Max Verstappen has sparked widespread discussion within the racing community.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jos Verstappen’s Solidarity: Jos Verstappen has extended his sympathy towards the accuser in the Christian Horner scandal, reinforcing the gravity of the situation within the Red Bull Racing team.
  • Absenteeism in Saudi Arabia: Amidst the controversy, Jos Verstappen chose to participate in the Hannut Rally in Belgium instead of attending the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, where his son Max was competing.
  • Impact on Max Verstappen: The ongoing issue is reportedly affecting Max Verstappen’s focus and performance, with his father highlighting the distractions caused by the media’s attention on the Horner situation.

The recent allegations against Christian Horner, the principal of Red Bull Racing, have continued to cause ripples throughout the Formula 1 world. Jos Verstappen, in his recent comments to the Daily Mail, openly expressed support for the woman at the center of these allegations. This comes as his son, three-time world champion Max Verstappen, prepares for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, albeit without his father’s support at the venue.

“I sympathise with the woman, with all that she went through, but we will see what happens,” stated Jos Verstappen, emphasizing his concern for the accuser’s situation.

Despite not being present at the Grand Prix, Jos Verstappen’s concerns about the influence of the controversy on his son are evident. He expressed reservations about the media’s focus on Horner instead of the racing and performance aspects of the sport.

“I think it’s a bit too late for that now. If that’s what he [Horner] wants, fine, but I don’t think it will be possible,” Jos commented on the possibility of moving past the allegations. He further mentioned his priority is Max’s happiness, underlining the familial bond and concern for his son’s well-being.

The situation has had a visible impact on Max Verstappen, as noted by his father. The distraction caused by the ongoing controversy has been a point of criticism by Jos Verstappen, who also suggested that Christian Horner’s departure from the team might be necessary for resolving the issue.

“But all these things that are going on are having an influence on Max. He was third in the first practice, and all we hear about is Horner and what happened with his situation,” Jos elaborated.

The turmoil extends beyond the Verstappens, with Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko facing a potential suspension. Max Verstappen expressed his concerns about Marko’s potential departure, emphasizing his key role in the team’s development and future.

“He has built this team from the ground up with Dietrich’s blessing and I think he’s always kept a good relationship with a lot of people in the team and backed the important people and in crucial moments as well,” Max told Sky F1.

As this complex situation unfolds, its impact on Red Bull Racing and its members continues to be a significant point of interest within the F1 community.

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