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The recent announcement of Adrian Newey’s departure is the latest shock in the F1 landscape. Oracle Red Bull confirmed that Newey will exit the technical setup during the first quarter of 2025. His departure could profoundly impact the RBR team, given the ongoing internal political chaos and controversies involving Christian Horner, which have led to a toxic atmosphere. The current world champions face scrutiny as their seasoned designer departs from the team.

Adding to the turmoil, Max Verstappen’s father, Jos Verstappen, has further escalated the tension. The former F1 driver’s comments hint at significant upcoming changes in the F1 grid. The issues are far from resolved for Red Bull, as their star driver could potentially be next to leave. However, Juan Pablo Montoya feels that only Jos Verstappen can drive Max out of Red Bull. Therefore, things might go downhill for RBR if Sr. Verstappen wants. 


Former F1 Driver Opens Up On Max Verstappen’s Departure Rumors

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Rumors of Max Verstappen exploring other F1 options were floating through the paddock. A report suggested that Verstappen and his management have scheduled a meeting with Mercedes’ delegates to discuss his future. Further, Toto Wolff has openly expressed his interest in hiring the three-time world champion. It responds to the Red Bull’s internal chaos, and Wolff feels the team is in a puddle. Thus, it is the best time to poch Red Bull’s starlet. While Verstappen has dismissed all the rumors, they keep resurfacing. Therefore, the off-track drama continues because of RBR’s political game. While the orange army awaits the Ducthman’s future move, the former F1 driver feels he would stay at Milton Keynes. 

Juan Pablo Montaya firmly believes that verstappen has no reason to leave Red Bull. The reigning world champion is already winning with the setup. Additionally, the team provides one of the fastest F1 cars with impeccable performance. However, the only reason that could force him to leave RBR is his father. Jos Verstappen has made certain remarks about his dissatisfaction with Christian Horner and management. He proclaimed that the team principal would ‘tear apart’ the team. Therefore, if Jos remains unhappy with the RBR management, he might start exploring options for his son. 

Zak Brown Believes Max Verstappen’s Title Prospects Hinge on Red Bull Team

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Amidst the internal turmoil at Red Bull, McLaren boss Zak Brown continues to consistently criticize them. Brown earlier commented on RBR’s situation and that their staff approached him. While the verbal spat between the two top teams is heating up, Zak has come up with a new claim. 

The American has blatantly called out the reigning world champion, Max Verstappen. He feels four to five drivers, apart from Max, can win the world title.  Further, he said Verstappen might have struggled to win a trophy with any other team. Therefore, this remark has incensed Verstappen’s fan base, who believe he is currently the top racer regardless of his car or team.