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Christian Horner meets with Max Verstappen’s manager in bid to defuse tensions

A source told the PA news agency the talks ‘went well’.

Christian Horner met with Max Verstappen’s representative on Monday .
Christian Horner Christian Horner met with Max Verstappen’s representative on Monday . (David Davies/PA)

Christian Horner staged a face-to-face meeting with Max Verstappen’s representative in Dubai on Monday in a bid to iron out escalating tensions at Red Bull.

The summit was held 48 hours after Verstappen’s father, Jos, said Red Bull would “explode” if Horner remained in his role as team principal.

The PA news agency understands that neither Jos nor his son were present, with Verstappen’s manager Raymond Vermeulen acting on the Dutch driver’s behalf.

Max Verstappen was victorious in Bahrain .
Max Verstappen Max Verstappen was victorious in Bahrain . (David Davies/PA)

A source told PA the talks “went well”. Senior Red Bull figures were also said to be present. The next grand prix takes place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Verstappen’s victory at the opening round of the season last weekend in Bahrain was overshadowed by continued controversy surrounding Horner.

Following the race Horner said he was “absolutely confident” he would stay on as Red Bull boss for the remainder of the season after overseeing Verstappen lead a one-two finish from team-mate Sergio Perez.

Horner has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks following allegations made against him by a female colleague. Horner has always denied the claims.

Jos Verstappen at the Bahrain Grand Prix .
Jos Verstappen at the Bahrain Grand Prix Jos Verstappen at the Bahrain Grand Prix . (David Davies/PA)

But, speaking to the Daily Mail, Verstappen Snr added further fuel to the fire when he said: “There is tension here while he (Horner) remains in position.

“The team is in danger of being torn apart. It can’t go on the way it is. It will explode. He is playing the victim, when he is the one causing the problems.”

Responding to Verstappen Snr’s comments, a Red Bull Racing spokesperson said: “There are no issues here. The team are united and we are focused on racing.”

Meanwhile, PA understands Horner is considering legal action against an F1 magazine that named the female employee allegedly involved.