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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, celebrates with Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing in Parc Ferme
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The Beckham clues as to where Verstappen and Red Bull are heading

OPINION: The fallout from the Christian Horner investigation by Red Bull into alleged wrongdoing towards a female employee has engulfed Formula 1 and led to something of a power struggle within the team. This has triggered suggestions that Max Verstappen could walk. But is there also a scenario in which he could be pushed?

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner’s post-Saudi words regarding Max Verstappen’s future offered a fascinating insight into the fast-changing dynamics between them. We had gone into the Jeddah weekend with speculation over Verstappen’s future at the world champion squad in overdrive.

Amid the fallout of the Christian Horner investigation, and some fiery remarks from Jos Verstappen about Red Bull being at risk of being “torn apart” if there was no change at the top, everything appeared to be pointing towards the world champion wanting out. But while Verstappen himself had not been totally emphatic about seeing out his contract until 2028 – only saying that it had been the “intention” in originally signing the deal – Horner was in no doubts that things were set in stone.

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