Formula 1 wants swift resolution over Red Bull's Christian Horner investigation

Horner is under investigation for allegations of inappropriate and controlling behaviour

By Web Desk
February 19, 2024
Having led the team since 2005, Horner has vehemently denied the allegations - AFP

Formula 1 has ordered Red Bull to expedite the resolution of the controversy surrounding Christian Horner promptly.

Horner, the team principal of Red Bull, is under investigation for allegations of inappropriate and controlling behaviour towards a female colleague.

Having led the team since 2005, Horner has vehemently denied the allegations.

"We hope that the matter will be clarified at the earliest opportunity after a fair and thorough process," an F1 statement read.

"We have noted Red Bull has instigated an independent investigation into internal allegations at Red Bull Racing," it added.

"We will not comment further at this time."

When the allegations emerged two weeks ago, Red Bull issued a statement saying it was taking the matter "extremely seriously".

The company stated it was launching an "independent investigation" which was "being carried out by an external specialist barrister" and would "be completed as soon as practically possible".

Horner was interviewed by a lawyer for several hours on 9 February. Speaking at the launch of Red Bull's new F1 car on Thursday, Horner said: "I obviously deny the allegations that have been made but I'm going through a process and fully respect that process."

Red Bull's lawyer is anticipated to draft a report, which will subsequently be presented to the company's board.

The lawyer's identity has not been disclosed, and no additional information regarding the investigation's extent has been made public.

In the meantime, American automotive behemoth Ford, set to become Red Bull's engine partner in F1 in 2026, has released a statement concerning Horner's predicament.

Mark Rushbrook, global head of Ford Performance Motorsport, said: "As a family company, and a company that holds itself to very high standards of behaviour and integrity, we do expect the same from our partners.

"It appears to us, and what we've been told, was that Red Bull is taking the situation very seriously. And of course, they're worried about their brand, as well.

"And that's why they've got an independent investigation and until we see what truth comes out of that, it's too early for us to comment on it all."

F1's governing body the FIA said it will "not comment while the investigation continues", but said on Monday that it "remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, fairness and inclusivity within the sport".

Red Bull's pre-season testing takes place in Bahrain from 21-23 February. Horner told reporters earlier this week, external that he intends to be in the paddock when it takes place.

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