Brundle Questions if Jos & Horner’s Dispute Affected Verstappen’s Performance

Sunday’s race had a lot of drama involving Max Verstappen and Lando Norris, especially after their collision on the track.

But there was also some tension in the paddock between Jos Verstappen and Christian Horner.

Brundle Questions Impact of Jos and Horner’s Dispute

Before the race at the Red Bull Ring, Jos was supposed to join the Legend’s Parade. However, he claimed that Horner didn’t want him driving as part of the Red Bull team. Horner denied this, but Jos decided not to participate, leading to another public argument between them.

In his Sky Sports column, Brundle speculated that this tension might have affected Max during the race. He wrote: “I’m making no excuses for him, but I do wonder if the ridiculous spat between his father Jos and team boss Christian Horner has finally surfaced on track for him.”

On lap 64, things heated up when Norris tried to pass Verstappen around Turn 3. Verstappen made some erratic moves under braking, causing both cars to collide and suffer punctures. Norris had to retire from the race while Verstappen managed a P5 finish but received a 10-second penalty for causing the crash.

“What I found alarming is that after the contact and as they were both limping along,” Brundle continued. “Verstappen clearly tried to impede and collect Norris if he could.” Despite this incident, Max increased his championship lead, which frustrated many fans. Brundle added that while he’s praised Max’s talent over his 40-year career and noted his maturity with three championships under his belt, this race showed old habits die hard.

Fans might think this family drama is affecting Max more than he lets on.

What do you think? Is it just racing or something more?

Albert Ramirez
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