Red Bull Racing Launches Investigation Against F1 Team Boss Christian Horner
Red Bull Racing F1 Team Principal Accused of Inappropriate Behavior
Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner is facing an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. The team has launched an independent investigation into the matter, which is being led by an external specialist barrister.
The allegations were reportedly made by a female colleague, who complained to the team’s parent company. Horner, who is married to former Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell, has denied the allegations.
The investigation is expected to be completed as soon as possible, but no timeline has been given. The team has not disclosed the specific nature of the allegations, but it has been reported that they may relate to an aggressive management style.
Horner has been team principal at Red Bull since it was bought from Jaguar in 2004. He is the longest-serving principal in the paddock and has steered Red Bull Racing to extraordinary success during that period.
The team has won six constructors’ world championships and seven drivers’ titles and has enjoyed remarkable dominance over the last two seasons, both won comfortably by Max Verstappen, with Red Bull claiming 21 wins from 22 races in 2023.
Red Bull Racing‘s F1 Team Boss Christian Horner to be Questioned Over Allegations
Christian Horner will be questioned on Friday as part of an independent investigation into his conduct after allegations of inappropriate controlling behavior were made against the Red Bull team principal.
Horner has denied the claims and will meet with the external barrister tasked by the team’s parent company, drinks manufacturer Red Bull, with leading the investigation at Red Bull Racing headquarters in Milton Keynes at the end of the week.
The 50-year-old is fighting to save his career following a complaint believed to have been made by a female member of staff and taken up with the team’s owner rather than the Formula One team itself.
Red Bull Racing has still to make any formal comment regarding the allegations but it is reported they may relate to an aggressive management style.
The team’s owner confirmed on Monday that it had launched an investigation, adding: “The company takes these matters extremely seriously and the investigation will be completed as soon as practical.”
Horner, who was attending a meeting of the F1 Commission in London on Monday afternoon, is understood to have told fellow attendees that there was no truth to the accusations.
He made an emphatic rebuttal following the publication of the allegations, stating: “I completely deny these claims.”
The team’s parent company, Red Bull, has said commenting further would not be appropriate while the investigation is ongoing.
Horner, who will remain in his post while the investigation is carried out, has been team principal at Red Bull since it was bought from Jaguar in 2004.
He is now entering his 20th season with them and has enjoyed a remarkable period of success but it is believed that his position would be untenable if the allegations are proved.