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Verstappen secures pole amid Red Bull drama over mentor's future

Posted : 09 March 2024

Max Verstappen secured pole position for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, displaying a stellar performance on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit with a fastest lap of 1:27.472. Despite this triumph, the focus shifted to off-track drama involving his mentor Helmut Marko.


Marko, a Red Bull advisor, faces potential suspension amid suspicions of leaking information to the media about an investigation into team boss Christian Horner. Verstappen voiced unwavering support for Marko, emphasizing his significance and stating that Marko's presence is crucial for his future decisions within the team.


While Verstappen celebrated his 34th pole position, the controversy surrounding Marko's potential suspension added complexity to Red Bull's internal dynamics. Verstappen expressed concern that losing an essential figure like Marko would negatively impact his situation within the team. Marko acknowledged the possibility of suspension but highlighted the need for peace within the team.


Red Bull had recently cleared Horner of allegations of inappropriate behavior after an internal investigation. However, tensions within the team escalated, with reports of disputes involving Jos Verstappen, Max's father, leading to threats that Red Bull would "explode" if Horner retained his position.


Max Verstappen defended his father, asserting that Jos Verstappen is not a liar. The ongoing turmoil within Red Bull, both on and off the track, adds a layer of complexity to the team's dynamics and raises questions about the stability of its leadership.


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