10th February 2024 – (London) Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing, underwent several hours of questioning by a lawyer investigating an allegation of “inappropriate behaviour” at a secret location in London on Friday (Feb 9). However, it seems unlikely that Horner’s fate will be determined before the team unveils their 2024 car next week.
According to reports from Britain’s Press Association and the BBC, there has been no resolution to the matter following the eight-hour interview with the 50-year-old British executive, who has held the position of team principal since 2005. Red Bull Racing and its parent company, Red Bull, have not commented on the situation, as they initiated the investigation in response to an accusation made by a female employee—a claim that Horner has vehemently denied.
The BBC suggests that it may take several weeks for the investigation to reach a conclusion. In the meantime, Red Bull is proceeding with their planned car launch next Thursday, which is expected to be overshadowed by the ongoing inquiry. Preseason testing is scheduled to take place in Bahrain from 21st to 23rd February, with the 2024 Formula 1 season opener set to be held in the Gulf state on 3rd March.
The allegation against Horner was initially reported by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf at the beginning of the week. As the head of the team that secured Max Verstappen’s third consecutive world title last year, Horner has been at the centre of the investigation. Red Bull, the Austrian energy drinks company that owns the team, confirmed on Monday that an independent investigation had been launched in response to the allegations.
When questioned about the accusations, Horner firmly denied them, stating to De Telegraaf, “I completely deny these claims.” Horner, who is married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, has been leading Red Bull Racing since their entry into Formula 1 19 years ago. Under his leadership, the team has achieved remarkable success, securing seven drivers’ world championships and six constructors’ titles.
The team’s dominance was particularly evident last season, as they won 21 out of the 22 races in 2023, with Verstappen successfully defending his drivers’ crown. However, the ongoing investigation into Horner’s alleged inappropriate behaviour has cast a shadow over the team’s achievements and raised questions about the future leadership of Red Bull Racing.