Max Verstappen received death threats after his dramatic crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone… as the Red Bull and Mercedes rivals prepare to do battle again at the Hungarian Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen crashed out of the opening lap at Silverstone after the collision
- Christian Horner has revealed vile messages were sent to Verstappen afterwards
- Lewis Hamilton received racist abuse after their crash at the British Grand Prix
- Red Bull employee was sacked for racist tweets in May, not concerning Hamilton
Max Verstappen received death threats in the wake of the collision with Lewis Hamilton that put him out of the British Grand Prix.
As the war between Mercedes and Red Bull continued in the build up to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull principal Christian Horner revealed vile messages were sent to his driver, as fans of both teams vented their anger.
Hamilton received racist abuse which Horner was quick to condemn – but Red Bull fielded death threats sent to Verstappen.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner (L) has revealed death threats were sent to Max Verstappen after his crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone
The collision with Hamilton put Verstappen out of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
‘They were sent to him and us on social media,’ Horner confirmed. ‘Really vile. Hope he dies in the next crash. Things like that.
‘All forms of abuse online should not be tolerated. Racial abuse unquestionably. As soon as we saw what happened to Lewis, we issued a statement. There was an employee on our team dismissed instantly for racism on social media, too.
‘But it doesn’t stop at racism. Max received death threats. I don’t think he looks at it, I don’t think he’s interested. But they were there.’
The Red Bull employee – at their base in the United Kingdom not with the team here – was sacked for racist tweets in May that did not concern Hamilton, but it is further demonstration of the sensitivity as the rivalry between the teams intensifies.
Hamilton received racist abuse following his win, which Horner was quick to condemn
Horner added: ‘Mercedes are a huge team with massive resources and it’s the first time in years that they’ve been tested. You can see that, you can feel that.
‘There’s been needle off the track all through the season, a whole bunch of stuff that never comes to the surface. We’re competitive teams, based within 20 miles of each other, going head to head with the two best drivers in the world.
‘They’ve never faced pressure like this. They’ve only had internal fights within their team, Nico Rosberg versus Lewis, because they’ve done a fantastic job.
‘They had the rest of the field covered. They were two years ahead of everybody else, and they smashed it. But now our stars are aligning.’
A Red Bull employee was sacked for racist tweets in May that did not concern Hamilton
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