Ecclestone: It's peace in our time at Red Bull

Ecclestone: It’s peace in our time at Red Bull

Ecclestone: It's peace in our time at Red Bull

Bernie Ecclestone, the former Formula 1 supremo, insists that Red Bull Racing have weathered the storm of the Christian Horner scandal as now peace prevails in Milton Keynes.

Horner was under investigation ahead of the start of the 2024 F1 season for inappropriate behavior towards a female employee in his race team, and while he was cleared, the case took another twist as an anonymous email shared with hundreds of F1-related personalities revealed the alleged text message between the Red Bull boss and his employee.

Many parties partook in the saga, Jos Verstappen calling for Horner’s head and threatening his son Max would leave the team while the likes of Toto Wolff and Zak Brown started raising concerns regarding “transparency” in F1,  the former even flirting with Verstappen junior announcing him a frontrunner to replace the Ferrari bound Lewis Hamilton in 2025. Even Helmut Marko was briefly investigated for purportedly leaking evidence.

But now it seems the waters are finally calm within Red Bull, despite the employee currently appealing the Red Bull decision to clear Horner, as the team have had another dominant start to an F1 season delivering three one-two finishes in the first four races leading the F1 Constructors’ Championship with Verstappen on top of the Drivers’ Standings.

Ecclestone, a known ally of Horner and his best man in his wedding to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, claimed that the disturbance at the reigning F1 Champions squad has settled.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “It’s peace in our time. And Christian [Horner] informs me everything’s fantastic with Geri [Halliwell].”

Why upset the balance?

And while Verstappen has been hesitant in his support to Horner, he threatened to leave the team with which he won all his three F1 Titles once Marko was threatened, but with the situation calming down, the Dutchman has returned to being a happy bunny, talks of leaving the team fading away.

“Max (Verstappen) seems likely to stay,” Ecclestone pointed out, “and it’s like all wars, in so much as people get over things and move on.

“After the Second World War you weren’t allowed to mention Germany, and the Jews wouldn’t buy anything from there. It was understandable.

“But after not too long everyone forgets that and they are buying Mercedes. So I don’t see why anyone would want to push Christian out, certainly not as time acts as a great healer. He is doing a super job, and a few weeks can make a big difference.

“He has Geri’s support, and the whole team is doing well. There is no logical reason to upset that balance,” the 93-year-old Briton concluded.

Peace being restored at Red Bull would spell bad news for the likes of Mercedes and McLaren who are struggling to solve their respective problems the former yet to understand how to make a ground-effect F1 car go fast without bouncing, the latter recently showing signs of internal instability with a new technical shakeup.

Perhaps Wolff and Brown were hoping Horner’s scandal would shift the focus from their own teams’ shortcomings or destroy Red Bull and end their dominance. For now it’s not working.