Mercedes accused of ‘smear campaign’ against Max Verstappen by Red Bull boss Christian Horner in Lewis Hamilton battle

RED BULL chief Christian Horner believes Mercedes have created a narrative around Max Verstappen to apply pressure on the F1 stewards. Horner, 48, defended his driver and argued Verstappen has been unfairly portrayed by Mercedes. But Horner denied Verstappen is irresponsible, instead suggesting Mercedes’ PR machine has sought to damage his reputation to influence the stewards. Horner said: “Of course it’s been a concerted campaign by Mercedes. It’s been part of a narrative to put as much pressure on the stewards to act differently from any other race. I think this is what Max (Verstappen) feels a little frustrated about.

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