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Bahrain Under Lights: The Future of Horner and Red Bull

Under the lights of Bahrain, the exciting and expectant return of the Formula 1 2024 season was overshadowed by the scandal surrounding the allegations of inappropriate behaviour from none other than Red Bull boss Christian Horner. 

There was hope that this season was not a re-run of last year with Verstappen and Red Bull’s incredible dominance of the sport. However, this result in Bahrain insinuates that this team is not letting up, and the 2-time World Champion is set to have another incredibly dominant year at the top of his game. For Red Bull fans, however, there was frustration. On what was a perfect season opener for their team, it seems there was only one name on everyone’s lips. 

On the 5th of February 2024, accusations were first released, and an investigation was underway following a female colleague stating that Horner was acting inappropriately. After a thorough investigation lasting most of February, with rival team boss, Toto Wolff and others demanding transparency throughout, Horner remained business as usual and continued to deny the allegations. After the dismissal on Wednesday the 28th of February, it seemed to everyone that this would be the last of this conversation.

Shockingly, just 24 hours later, hundreds of screenshots from WhatsApp conversations and images shared between him and a female colleague were sent anonymously to a considerable number of members from the F1 paddock. It is not yet apparent if those images were used as evidence in the investigation or whether it is new information not yet seen. Having said that, Horner remained calm and collected as he appeared in Bahrain before qualifying on Friday. 

After walking into the paddock hand-in-hand with his wife, and Spice Girl member, Geri Halliwell, Horner has since responded with a firm statement stating: “I have always denied the allegations. I respected the integrity of the independent investigation and fully cooperated with it every step of the way”.

Whilst the Horner-Halliwell family remained a united front this past weekend, giving little away about the state of their marriage, others involved had a lot more to say. Father of Red Bull driver and champion, Jos Verstappen believes the situation is worsening the longer Horner remains in his role as team boss. 

Reports state there was a heated conversation behind the scenes between both Jos and Horner on Friday night, leading to the former storming out but returning later to shake hands. This unstable relationship between two influential names within the Red Bull team risks the future of the Formula 1 team. Jos even went as far as to say Horner was "playing the victim" and that his current position risks tearing the team apart. 


Max’s future places him with Red Bull for another 5 years, and with Horner’s current future being up in the air until these rumours and allegations are finalized, this season will be the most influential in the future of both drivers and the team. Regardless of the outcome of this scandal, will the relationship between Verstappen and Horner ever be the same? Will the tension caused by it affect the team or will it result in the beginning of the end for Formula 1’s current dominators? 

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