Christian Horner Keeps Position as Red Bull Team Principal

Following an inquiry by Red Bull's parent company into allegations of inappropriate conduct, Christian Horner will continue as team principal.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Published on February 28, 2024

Christian Horner Red Bull Racing

After an investigation into accusations of inappropriate behaviour, Christian Horner has been cleared and will remain as the team principal of Red Bull.

The investigation was initiated by Red Bull GmbH, the Austrian parent company of the F1 team after a female colleague accused the 50-year-old Horner of inappropriate behaviour.

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Throughout the investigation, Horner has consistently denied these allegations. He was also seen at the launch of Red Bull’s 2024 car and during the pre-season testing in Bahrain last week, demonstrating his ongoing involvement with the team as it prepares for the upcoming season.

A statement from Red Bull GmbH was released on Wednesday, announcing the end of the investigation. This announcement came just before the start of the new F1 season with the Bahrain Grand Prix, ensuring Horner’s position is secure as the team gears up for the race.

“The independent investigation into the allegations made against Mr Horner is complete, and Red Bull can confirm that the grievance has been dismissed,” the company said in a statement.

“The complainant has a right of appeal. Red Bull is confident that the investigation has been fair, rigorous and impartial.

“The investigation report is confidential and contains the private information of the parties and third parties who assisted in the investigation, and therefore we will not be commenting further out of respect for all concerned. Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards.”

Horner participated in a meeting on February 9 with the external specialist barrister conducting the investigation, but at that time, no conclusions were drawn regarding the allegations.

Six days later, during the car launch event at their Milton Keynes facility, Horner spoke to the press for the first time since the accusations were made public, reaffirming his denial of the allegations.

Since Red Bull Racing’s inception in 2005, Horner has headed up the team, guiding it to seven drivers’ championships and six constructors’ championships over 19 seasons.

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Mark Phelan
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Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

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