Jos Verstappen believes Red Bull risks ‘collapse’

Jos Verstappen believes Red Bull risks ‘collapse’
Jos Verstappen believes Red Bull risks ‘collapse’

Jos Verstappen – the father of three-time world champion Max Verstappen – has serious concerns about Red Bull’s future and believes the team is at risk of “collapse”.

On the eve of the Miami Grand Prix, Red Bull confirmed the upcoming departure of its long-time technical director, Briton Adrian Newey, who will no longer be part of the Milton Keynes team from the first quarter of 2025.

Now that the departure of Adrian Newey has been recorded, Jos Verstappen – who had already warned at the start of the year that the presence of Chistian Horner at the head of the team could “tear apart” Red Bull – has given it another layer this time. week and believes that his earlier concerns have since come to fruition and become a reality.

“The team is in danger of collapsing. I was already afraid of it earlier this year. » Jos Verstappen told Dutch media De Telegraaf.

“For internal peace it is important that key people stay on board, but that is no longer the case. Newey [Adrian] leaves and earlier this year it also seemed that Helmut [Marko] would be fired. For the future, there is nothing good. » he added.

The atmosphere within the Red Bull team has become toxic since team boss Christian Horner was the subject of an internal investigation over “inappropriate” behavior towards a female employee. . But at the end of this investigation, the Red Bull company published a press release in which it indicated that no evidence of wrongdoing was found against Christian Horner during an investigation ” rigorous and impartial.

Christian Horner therefore retained his position as director of the Red Bull Formula 1 team, a position he has held since the 2005 season.

But obviously, the “Horner Gate” – which resembles an internal power struggle – has left indelible traces at Red Bull and the departure of Adrian Newey – although very close to Horner for nineteen years – is obviously not not trivial.

On the other hand, the Verstappen clan made up of Max Verstappen, his father Jos, Raymond Vermeulen [son manager] and Helmut Marko [conseille motorsport]seems more and more united in the face of an increasingly lonely Christian Horner, although the Briton officially benefits from the support of the energy drink brand…

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