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F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen close to Mercedes deal as Horner tipped to quit Red Bull

Michael Schumacher’s brother has joined the growing list of names calling for Christian Horner to quit Red Bull.

Horner was cleared of inappropriate behaviour – allegations he denies – by an independent Red Bull investigation but a new complaint has been submitted to the FIA.

Jos Verstappen – father of Red Bull star Max – has called for Horner to stand down. Now, Ralf Schumacher has demanded the same thing and has urged the 50-year-old to provide a detailed update.

“What I found and still think is a shame: the Christian Horner case outshines everything,” Schumacher told Sport 1.

“This became particularly clear on the first weekend in Bahrain. It wasn’t until race day that there was a little talk about the sport. What also bothers me about the whole thing: An objective assessment is extremely difficult because there is a complete lack of transparency.

“It became problematic for me when he portrayed himself as a victim in the PK in Saudi Arabia. I’m sorry for his family, yes, but there was only one person who started this whole thing: him.

“I can’t accept that he keeps saying he doesn’t want to talk about it in detail. I can say from my own experience when it comes to my divorce: Yes, it is difficult at the beginning when such a private matter is carried out in public. But there comes a time when we have to talk about it because in the end it’s what’s best for all parties.

“For example, you don’t hear anything from Horner’s employee and that’s not good. Nobody talks about her. One thing is certain: As long as this chaos remains, it will do immense damage to Red Bull. Horner said that no one is more important than the team. Therefore, he should follow this command and resign as soon as possible.”

Red Bull have suspended the employee in question.


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