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Red Bull continues to sell products in Russia despite the country’s war in Ukraine.
The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has made a direct appeal to Max Verstappen to help force Red Bull to pull out of doing business in Russia. Despite the global sanctions being inflicted on the country amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, Red Bull have continued to sell their energy drink in supermarkets there.

The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has made a direct appeal to Max Verstappen to help force Red Bull to pull out of doing business in Russia. Despite the global sanctions being inflicted on the country amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, Red Bull have continued to sell their energy drink in supermarkets there.

Back in late February, just days after Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion into Ukraine, F1 reacted by cancelling the 2022 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The long term contract for the race has since been terminated, leaving organisers having to scrap plans to switch the venue to Saint Petersburg from 2023 onwards.

Haas also opted to cut ties with main sponsors Uralkali, while driver Nikita Mazepin was sacked from his role in the team despite the FIA initially ruling Russian drivers could compete under neutral colours. The saga prompted an angry Mazepin to argue: “There is no legal reason to terminate the contract. I was relieved to see that the FIA allowed us to start in neutral colours, I was hoping to drive.”

But now Ukrainian human rights lawyer Oleksandra Matviichuk has appealed for one of the sport’s biggest stars to use his influence. In a projected video message, she’s asked two-time world champion Verstappen to help convince the Red Bull company to cease trading in Russia.

“This is a message to Max Verstappen and all Red Bull athletes,” says Matviichuk, in the film footage. “I know that driving a Formula 1 racing car is dangerous, but for millions of people it’s very dangerous just to be in Ukraine. I am in Kyiv and we, like other Ukrainian cities, are constantly being shelled by Russian rockets.

“Max, you are a leading brand ambassador of Red Bull. Can you please ask them, why is Red Bull still on sale in Russia while so many global brands have pulled out? Why do Red Bull still continue to help Russia to finance this war? I ask for your support to convince Red Bull to stop their business in Russia.”

An image of Matviichuk speaking was posted on Reddit, leaving fans to question the extent of the Dutch driver’s influence on the worldwide company: “As influential as Max is, I highly doubt he could convince the entirety of Red Bull to pull out of Russia,” argued @Exhonour.

Immediate_Lie7810 echoed similar sentiments, writing: “I don’t think Max Verstappen has the kind of leverage where he can influence a sponsor’s business dealings.”

A former Red Bull engineer believes F1 world champion Max Verstappen can improve technically and could help more to develop his car.

Verstappen, aged 25, has dominated the championship this season breaking Sebastian Vettel’s record, jointly held with Michael Schumacher, of 13 race wins in a single season. Already crowned world champion Verstappen took his 14th win of 2022 in Mexico and with two races remaining, could further his tally.

Despite beating Vettel’s record, former engineer Guillaume Rocquelin believes Verstappen is not yet up to the level of the four-time world champion. Rocquelin was Red Bull Racing head of engineering between 2015 and 2022. He was also Vettel’s race engineer during all of his championship wins, before the German left Red Bull for Ferrari in 2015.

Speaking on Eurosport France’s ‘Les Fous du Volant’ podcast, Rocquelin stated he believes that Verstappen can improve technically.

“I’ll be honest, Max is weak technically compared to other drivers we’ve worked with,” said Rocquelin.

“I think he still has a lot of progress to make. He is a leader by his attitude, his results. But I think he can improve from a technical point of view and in the way of developing the car.”Vettel joined Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso in 2007 before signing for Red Bull less then two years later, finishing second in his first full season and then winning four world titles in a row. Verstappen followed the same path starting out with Toro Rosso in 2015 and joining Red Bull the following year. However, it took the Dutch driver four full seasons to clinch his maiden world title.

“I think Sebastian (Vettel) was a more complete driver than Max (Verstappen) when he arrived with us,” added Rocquelin. “At the professional level, technique, mediation…he was trained at the (Michael) Schumacher ‘school’, who was his idol.

“He asked a lot of questions, took a lot of notes and when he arrived with us he was very thorough. It’s no coincidence he won several titles. He was more prepared technically, mentally.” the professional level, technique, mediation…he was trained at the (Michael) Schumacher ‘school’, who was his idol.

“I think Max (Verstappen) maybe had more natural talent, that’s what he relied on the most. But Sebastian was the most complete. Max has always been a boss. He has enormous self-confidence, he knows what he wants and he is very direct.