Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner is being investigated internally for inappropriate behaviour according to a report that Dutch news outlet Die Telegraaf broke today.
According to the report, Max Verstappen’s boss and F1 World Champion team boss, Horner is being investigated by his employer Red Bull over “alleged inappropriate behaviour towards a colleague” which reportedly the company’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has taken a personal interest in.
An external barrister has been brought in by the team to investigate the matter independently, which suggests it is contentious. Time will tell if it will cost Englishman Horner his job or if he will be suspended until the case is resolved.
The report adds that when approached for comment, Horner insisted: “I completely deny these claims.”
Red Bull released the following statement: “After being made aware of certain recent allegations, the company launched an independent investigation. This process, which is already underway, is being carried out by an external specialist barrister.
“The company takes these matters extremely seriously and the investigation will be completed as soon as practically possible. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time,” concluded the response to questions by Die Telegraaf.
The Dutch newspaper was the first to report the saga but spiked the original story on advice from their legal team until the German website F1-Insider verified the report separately and reveal the truth.
Big British mainstream media in a frenzy over allegations
The Daily Mail headline screeched: “Geri Halliwell’s husband Christian Horner is fighting for his Red Bull Formula One job after he is accused of ‘acting inappropriately’ towards a female colleague – as he slams ‘nuts’ allegations”
The report added: “A source within the Red Bull team said the claims related to ‘incredibly controlling behaviour’. It is alleged that the behaviour was towards a female colleague.”
50-year-old Horner is married to Spice Girl Geri (Halliwell) Horner and is the longest-serving F1 team principal of the current generation. He has headed Red Bull Racing since it arrived in Formula 1 back in 2005.
Suggesting a serious split in the Red Bull camp ahead of the 2024 F1 season, the report adds that “according to Horner loyalists, he is the victim of an internal fight within the broader Red Bull family.”
This suggests more sinister ongoings at Red Bull. A team which has set the benchmark for the past two seasons in Formula 1, and are hot favourite to do it all again with Max Verstappen. But will Horner even be there at RBRs 270th GP weekend in Bahrain, in less than a month?