Max Verstappen received death threats after his dramatic crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone… as rivals Red Bull and Mercedes prepare to battle at the Hungarian Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen crashed after the opening lap collision at Silverstone
- Christian Horner has revealed that despicable messages were sent to Verstappen afterwards
- Lewis Hamilton Received Racist Insults After British Grand Prix Crash
- Red Bull employee was fired in May for racist tweets, not about Hamilton
Max Verstappen received death threats in the wake of the collision with Lewis Hamilton that took him out of the British Grand Prix.
As the war between Mercedes and Red Bull continued ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed vicious messages had been sent to his driver, as fans of both teams expressed anger.
Hamilton received racial slurs that Horner was quick to condemn – but Red Bull has sent death threats to Verstappen.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner (L) has revealed death threats have been 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 have been sent to him and us on social media,” Horner confirmed. ‘Really mean. Hope he dies in the next crash. Those kind of things.
“All forms of online abuse should not be tolerated. Racial abuse, no doubt. As soon as we saw what happened to Lewis, we issued a statement. Also on social media, an employee of our team was immediately fired for racism.
But it doesn’t stop with racism. Max received death threats. I don’t think he’s looking at it, I don’t think he’s interested. But they were there.’
The Red Bull employee – at their base in the UK, not the team here – was sacked in May for racist tweets that didn’t concern Hamilton, but it’s a further demonstration of the sensibility as the rivalry between the teams heats up.
Hamilton received racial slurs after his win, which Horner was quick to disapprove of
Horner added: “Mercedes is a huge team with huge resources and it’s the first time they’ve been tested in years. You see that, you feel that.
“All season there has been a needle off the track, a lot of things that never surface. We are competitive teams, located within 20 miles of each other, competing against the two best drivers in the world.
“They’ve never been so busy. They’ve only had internal fights within their team, Nico Rosberg versus Lewis, because they’ve done a fantastic job.
“They had covered the rest of the field. They were two years ahead of everyone else, and they crushed it. But now our stars are aligned.”
A Red Bull employee was fired in May for racist tweets that did not concern Hamilton