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Verstappen’s father says Red Bull will ‘explode’ if Horner stays

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LONDON: Red Bull risks being torn apart as a team and will “explode” if Christian Horner remains in charge, the Daily Mail newspaper cited the father of three-time world champion Max Verstappen as saying on Saturday.

Horner, 50, was cleared last week following an independent investigation into allegations of misconduct by a female employee.

The investigation dominated the pre-season and Horner remained in the spotlight after an email from an anonymous sender, purporting to contain evidence submitted to the investigation, was distributed to media and key figures in the sport.

“There’s tension here as long as he stays in position,” former F1 driver Verstappen told the British newspaper at the Bahrain Grand Prix, where his son dominated the season-opening race on Saturday.

“The team risks being torn apart. It cannot continue as it is. It will explode. He is playing the victim, when it is he who is the problem.”

Horner could not immediately be contacted as Verstappen’s comments emerged around 1 a.m. Bahrain local time on Sunday, and a team spokesperson did not respond to a question.

Asked after the race about the email, Horner told reporters he would not comment “on a person’s motivations for doing this.”

“I have the support of an incredible family, an incredible wife, an incredible team and everyone on this team and my goal is to race and win races and do my best .”

Verstappen senior also denied any involvement in the anonymous email.

“It wouldn’t make any sense. Why would I do that when Max is doing so well here?” he said.

Verstappen has won the last three championships in a row and Saturday’s victory was the 55th of his career, all with Red Bull.

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