F1 Issues Official Statement on Horner and Red Bull Investigation

Formula 1 has issued a formal announcement concerning the internal investigation into Christian Horner by Red Bull.

Lee Parker

By Lee Parker
Updated on February 20, 2024

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Christian Horner, the 50-year-old team principal, is under scrutiny by Red Bull GmbH, the Austrian company that owns the team, following claims of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ towards a female staff member.

Since joining the team at its inception in the sport in 2005, Horner has led the team to seven drivers’ world championships with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, in addition to securing six constructors’ championships. He has categorically denied these allegations.

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F1’s announcement regarding Red Bull’s inquiry into Horner

As Horner prepares for testing, Formula 1 has made a public statement about the ongoing investigation involving Red Bull and their team principal.

The statement reads: “We have noted Red Bull has instigated an independent investigation into internal allegations at Red Bull Racing.

“We hope [the] matter will be clarified at earliest opportunity, after a fair & thorough process. [We] will not comment further at this time.”

Horner has engaged with the external investigator appointed by Red Bull, undergoing a ten-hour questioning session on February 9, led by the King’s Counsel at a confidential location in London.

There was speculation that the inquiry would extend into the pre-season testing period and possibly reach into the season’s opening race in Bahrain later this month.

Nevertheless, reports suggest that the defending champions are eager to wrap up the investigation promptly to minimise further disruptions, potentially concluding as soon as the coming week.

In his first public appearance since the allegations surfaced, Horner attended the unveiling of the RB20, where he reiterated his denial of the accusations.

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Lee Parker
Lee Parker

Lee is our staff writer specialising in anything technical within Formula 1 from aerodynamics to engines. Lee writes most of our F1 guides for beginners and experienced fans having followed the sports since 1991, researching and understanding how teams build the ultimate machines. Like everyone else on the team he listens to podcasts about F1 and enjoys reading biographies of former drivers.

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