Verstappen Says Rivals Aim to Destabilize His Team

Christian Horner, the Red Bull Racing team boss, is unable to comment on an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior, while the team aims to keep the focus on drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, amidst efforts by other teams to destabilize Red Bull, a tactic Verstappen acknowledges as typical in Formula 1 and part of the competitive nature of the sport, including the recruitment of staff from rival teams.

Highlights

‣ Christian Horner, the Red Bull Racing team boss, is unable to answer questions regarding an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour, preferring to focus on drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

‣ The Red Bull team’s press officer has been urging journalists not to bring up the subject of Horner with the drivers, though Max Verstappen indirectly addressed the issue, acknowledging that destabilizing competitors is a common tactic in Formula 1.

‣ Max Verstappen admits that Red Bull actively tries to destabilize the competition and also engages in pulling staff away from other teams, viewing it as a standard practice within the sport, especially with the introduction of their own engine programme.


Christian Horner found himself in a tight spot, asked not once but twice. Yet, the Red Bull Racing team boss couldn’t spill a word about the investigation that’s been the talk of the town. He’s trying, rather unsuccessfully, to keep the spotlight on Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s RB20. But, let’s be real, the questions just keep coming.

Before the Red Bull drivers even get a chance to chat with the media, there’s a little whisper from the team’s press officer. “Let’s not talk about Horner, okay?” But, you know how it goes. Max Verstappen still ended up fielding questions about it on Thursday. It was kind of a roundabout mention, hinting at how other teams might be playing mind games with Red Bull over the whole Horner situation.

“But that’s just the game,” Verstappen shrugged off to GPblog. “It’s all part of the Formula 1 circus. Always has been.” And then, with a hint of mischief, he admitted that Red Bull plays the game too. “Of course, we’re in it to win it. We’ll use whatever we can. And yeah, we might just lure a few folks away from other teams.”

Red Bull’s Talent Magnet

Now, with Red Bull sitting pretty at the top, it’s no surprise everyone’s eyeing their team members. But Verstappen? He’s not sweating it. “It’s the name of the game,” he says. “Success attracts attention, and we’ve got our own engine program to staff up. So, yeah, we’re also on the lookout for talent.” It’s all part of the grand F1 dance, and to Verstappen, it’s just another day at the office. “Really, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Just the usual F1 shenanigans.”

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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