Jos Verstappen Hits Again: 'Too Late' To Say 'Leave Me Alone'

Saturday, 09 March 2024 at 19:00
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Max Verstappen's father, Jos Verstappen, again spoke out against Christian Horner ahead of the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The father of the triple World Champion made several controversial statements after the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix. He said multiple things, but the core message was that Red Bull cannot continue with Horner or will be torn apart.
Following his statements, it was announced that he would not attend the second race of the season just a week later. However, we did hear from him this week either way, as he was interviewed with the Daily Mail. He told the publication:

"All these things that are going on are having an influence on Max. All we hear about is Horner and what happened with his situation."

Christian Horner attended the team principals' press conference during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend and said the intrusion on his family has been enough and needs to stop.

"In the press conference Horner gave the other day it was all about him and his problems when we should be talking about Max, the car, his performance and the race."

The British team principal of Red Bull also said it was about time to draw a line under everything, focus on racing, and move on. But Verstappen Sr doesn't see it as possible.

"I've already said I think it is causing problems if he stays. I think it's too late for Christian to say 'leave me alone' but he has the support of the Thai owner so I think he will stay for the rest of the season. I said it would bad if he stayed, it really isn't good for the team, this whole situation."

"I don’t want to talk too much more as it will create problems. But the most important thing for me is that Max is happy, that’s what counts for me, I just want him to be happy."

Max Verstappen didn't seem to share his father's opinion that Horner would have to leave the team, but he also said the 52-year-old is not a liar.
In the meantime, there were some talks about the triple World Champion potentially leaving Red Bull, but he clarified his intention was to stay with the team from Milton Keynes.