Max Verstappen has received death threats following the collision with Lewis Hamilton which excluded him from the British Grand Prix.
As the war between Mercedes and Red Bull continued in the run-up to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull manager Christian Horner revealed vile messages were sent to his driver, as the fans of both teams expressed their anger.
Hamilton was the victim of racist abuse that Horner was quick to condemn – but Red Bull sent death threats to Verstappen.
Red Bull manager Christian Horner (left) has revealed death threats were sent to Max Verstappen after his crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone
Collision with Hamilton ruled out Verstappen from British Grand Prix at Silverstone
“They were sent to him and us on social media,” Horner confirmed. ‘Really vile. I hope he dies in the next accident. Things like that.
“All forms of online abuse should not be tolerated. Racial abuse undoubtedly. As soon as we saw what happened to Lewis, we released a statement. An employee of our team was also instantly fired for racism on social media.
“But it doesn’t stop with racism. Max has 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 his UK base not with the team here – was fired for racist tweets in May that did not concern Hamilton, but it is a further display of sensitivity as the rivalry between teams intensifies.
Hamilton suffered racist abuse after his win, which Horner was quick to condemn
Horner added: “Mercedes are a huge team with massive resources and this is the first time in years that they have been tested. You can see it, you can smell it.
“There have been needles off the track all season long, a whole bunch of stuff that never comes to the surface. We are competitive teams, based within 20 miles of each other, taking on the two best drivers in the world.
“They have never been under such pressure. They have only had internal fights within their team, Nico Rosberg against Lewis, because they have done a fantastic job.
“They covered the rest of the field. They were two years ahead of everyone else and they broke everything. But now our stars are aligning.
Red Bull employee fired for racist tweets in May that did not concern Hamilton