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Horner: We are engaged in constructive discussion with Porsche

FIA “no comment” on Horner until Red Bull release findings

Horner: We are engaged in constructive discussion with Porsche

Formula 1’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have “no comment” regarding an internal investigation of alleged “inappropriate conduct” involving a female team member by Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner.

As a result of the story that broke earlier this month., the Red Bull team principal is fighting to save his job at the reigning world champions with testing and the start of the season looming.

Red Bull’s parent company in Austria announced on 5 February an independent investigation into the 50-year-old Briton’s conduct after unspecified allegations against him. The process remains ongoing. Horner has denied any wrongdoing.

On Monday, Paris-based FIA followed with a statement: “In relation to the independent investigation currently being undertaken by Red Bull GMbH, the FIA reiterates that until such time as the investigation has concluded and the outcome is known, we will not be commenting further.

“The FIA remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, fairness and inclusivity within the sport.”

Formula One’s commercial rights holder issued a short statement on Sunday in which it hoped “that the matter will be clarified at the earliest opportunity, after a fair and thorough process.”

Much like the FIA they added there would be no further comment until the outcome was known.

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Neither the energy drink company nor the British-based team have given details of the allegations, although media reports have spoken of inappropriate and controlling behaviour towards a female colleague.

Horner said at the launch of his team’s RB20 car in Milton Keynes last Friday that he was confident and cooperating with the process and denied “absolutely any allegation that’s been made against me.”

A 9 February hearing in London with an independent barrister lasted almost eight hours, according to Sky Sports.

The Briton is due to attend testing in Bahrain this week and is scheduled to appear in a regular FIA news conference on Thursday with other F1 team principals before the opening race at Sakhir on March 2.

Should Horner be forced out of Red Bull it would come as a seismic shock for the sport. Last year he led the team in the most dominant season in Formula 1 history, with Red Bull winning 21 of 22 races, and will start the new season with Dutch driver Max Verstappen chasing a fourth successive title.

Horner is also the longest-serving team boss in Formula 1 and was by far the youngest when he led Red Bull into the sport in 2005. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)