Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal is in deep waters as he has been accused of ‘inappropriate behavior’ and is currently being investigated by the team’s parent company, Red Bull.
On the 1st of February, Formula 1 broke out with breaking news regarding Hamilton’s shock move to Ferrari, but the spotlight has now quickly turned towards Red Bull F1 team boss, Christian Horner.
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraff, has reported allegations against the 50-year-old which led to the company launching internal investigations regarding the situation. According to the Dutch news source, Horner is being investigated due to ‘inappropriate’ or ‘transgressive’ behaviour.
These allegations have come out due to a complaint made by a female employee from within the company. The press managed to get a response from Horner regarding the allegations to which he replied, “I completely deny these claims”.
Source: BBC News
While the public is not fully aware of the claims related to Horner, it is reported by Motorsport Magazine that if Horner is found guilty of the allegations, he would be required to step down as Team Principal and be replaced by Jonathan Wheatley, the team’s Sporting Director.
Red Bull has stated that they take these issues seriously and will do the necessary procedures to conclude this matter.
Further discussions and questioning will occur on Friday as part of the independent investigation. Red Bull wishes to close this issue and take the necessary actions before the team launch on February 15 where they will be revealing ‘RB20’, the team’s 2024 car.
So far, the Red Bull Racing team have not made any comments on the issue.
Christian Horner is regarded as one of the most successful Team Principals in the sport. He was appointed Manager ever since the team entered the sport in 2005 and has been the longest-running Team Principal for an F1 team. Horner has managed to win six constructor titles and seven driver titles in his tenure including last year’s dominating season, winning 21 of the 22 races in the calendar.
Respected Journalist Joe Saward has stated on X, formerly Twitter, that there could be a clause in Horner’s contract regarding Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer at Red Bull Racing. Newey is one of the most successful CTOs in the sport with 11 constructor’s titles to his name.
Saward mentions that Horner and Newey could have contracts that protect each other. So, if Horner was to go, Newey could too. Saward concludes that this still needs to be confirmed.
If Horner were to resign due to the allegations, it could be troubling times for the reigning World Champions.
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