Is Max Verstappen’s dad Jos fuelling Christian & Geri Horner’s marriage crisis? Inside toxic feud rocking F1Jos Verstappen insists Horner is ‘playing the victim, when he is the one causing the problems’

AS Max Verstappen triumph­antly held aloft the Bahrain Grand Prix trophy, his team boss Christian Horner might have sighed with relief. And Horner — well acquainted with the rough and tumble of F1 — will know that in Verstappen Snr he has a formidable adversary. By Friday evening it was evident that Verstappen Snr and Horner were in fact at loggerheads. But the pair were said to have had a “blazing row” before Verstappen Snr stormed out. Horner’s wife Geri was said to be “heartbroken and humiliated”. Why would I do that when Max is doing so well here?”. A Red Bull spokesperson said of the rift between Verstappen Snr and Horner: “There are no issues here. The Dutchman said it was just a meeting of old friends — but could it be a sign his brilliant son is ready to quit Red Bull if the Horner civil war is not resolved?.

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