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Wolff comments on Horner Red Bull saga for first time

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Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff told reporters that the inquiry into the conduct of Red Bull boss Christian Horner raised issues for Formula 1 as a whole and needed to be carried out rigorously and transparently.

Red Bull’s parent company in Austria launched an independent investigation into allegations against Horner, who denies any wrongdoing and is currently attending pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Neither the energy drink company nor the reigning champions have said what the allegations are, although media reports have spoken of inappropriate and controlling behaviour towards a female colleague. No time frame has been given for an outcome, with the Formula One season starting in Bahrain on 2 March.

At the Bahrain Grand Prix venue on Wednesday, the first day of F1 testing, in his first response to the turn of events, Wolff told journalists: “I think it’s clear Formula One and what the teams do, we stand for inclusion, equality, fairness, diversity and that’s not only talking about it but living it day in, day out.

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“These are the standards that we are setting ourselves. We are a global sport, one of the most important sport platforms in the world and we are role models,” added Wolff.

Wolff, whose intense rivalry with Horner has become a feature of the popular Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ docu-series, noted considerable speculation surrounding the case in recent weeks and said it was important for there to be “a process with rigour”.

Present on the opening day of Bahrain F1 Testing, Horner is the longest-standing team boss in Formula 1 with Red Bull — whose star driver is triple champion Max Verstappen — the dominant outfit. The 50-year-old Briton is married to former Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell.

Wolff added: “I think what Red Bull has started as an independent investigation, if this is done in the right way, with transparency and rigour, that is something we need to look at.”

The Mercedes boss said the topics involved were “an issue for all of Formula 1 in general and every individual that works out there.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)