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FIA chief made INCREDIBLE 'Verstappen request' on Horner saga

FIA chief made INCREDIBLE 'Verstappen request' on Horner saga

FIA chief made INCREDIBLE 'Verstappen request' on Horner saga

FIA chief made INCREDIBLE 'Verstappen request' on Horner saga

Max Verstappen was allegedly asked by FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem if he would publicly support Christian Horner amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the Red Bull team principal's conduct.

F1 currently finds itself ensnared in the aftermath of the Horner controversy at Red Bull, despite him being exonerated following a three-week investigation into his conduct after a female colleague lodged a complaint about 'inappropriate behaviour'.

The saga's most recent twist unfolded on Wednesday, February 28th, with the supposed leakage of private conversations. These 'leaked messages' reached a broad audience of over 100 individuals, spanning the FIA, various teams and media entities.

Now, reports from De Telegraaf suggest that, during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Friday saw an interesting rendezvous between the Dutchman and FIA boss Ben Sulayem.

READ MORE: Horner makes big announcement over Red Bull future

Max Verstappen hasn't been publicly drawn on controversy surrounding Red Bull team principal Christian Horner
Ben Sulayem reportedly asked Verstappen if he would publicly back Christian Horner in Bahrain

Ben Sulayem's Verstappen 'request'

Despite apparent attempts to cloak their conversation with hand gestures to thwart lip readers, the proximity of numerous photographers supposedly uncovered the crux of their conversation.

The focal point of Ben Sulayem's request to Verstappen was apparently whether the Dutchman would be willing to publicly declare his support for Horner.

GPFans has approached the FIA for comment.

While Max has kept his cards close to his chest throughout the saga, his father on the other hand has been far more vocal.

"There is tension here while he remains in position," he told Mail Sport.

"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."

His comments follow an alleged row with Horner during the season-opening race in Sakhir.

READ MORE: Horner in defiant stance with wife Geri after Verstappen win

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