FIA statement following appeal of Red Bull verdict in Horner complaint

FIA statement following appeal of Red Bull’s Horner complaint verdict

FIA statement following appeal of Red Bull verdict in Horner complaint

The FIA have issued a statement following reports that the Red Bull Racing complainant against Christian Horner has appealed the outcome of the investigation conducted by Red Bull GmbH.

While the independent investigation conducted Red Bull GmbH has reached a conclusion that Horner has done nothing wrong, and as the complainant was suspended from her job at Red Bull Racing, the latter has decided to appeal the decision.

That has been the latest development in a series of events that have battered the reigning Formula 1 Champions before even the 2024 season started, that saw leaked texts allegedly referred to as evidence in the case between Horner and female employee, not to mention unrest within the team with Helmut Marko becoming part of the situation, not to mention Jos Verstappen, father of the team’s start driver, Max, calling for Horner’s departure.

Formula One Management and the FIA have kept their distance from the whole fiasco, just asking for it to be concluded as soon as possible, but a report in the Motorsport network claimed the complainant in the case has even notified the sport’s governing body of “a potential breach of motor racing’s code of conducts”.

If that turns out to be true, the FIA will have to step in, keeping in mind the governing body has an “Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy”.

The FIA did not confirm receiving any complaints and issued a statement on the matter following the news of the appeal.

The statement said: “At the FIA, enquiries and complaints are received and managed by the Compliance Officer, and the Ethics Committee where appropriate.

“Both bodies operate autonomously, guaranteeing strict confidentiality throughout the process,” it clarified.

“As a consequence, and in general, we are unable to confirm the receipt of any specific complaint and it is unlikely that we will be able to provide further comment on the complaints that we may receive from any parties,” the FIA concluded.