Christian Horner accuser planning to appeal outcome of investigation

This move was seen as a public display of support amidst the turmoil and internal calls for Horner's resignation from his position within the team.

The controversy surrounding Christian Horner, the Red Bull Racing Team Principal, has taken a new turn with the woman involved in the alleged ‘sex texts’ scandal planning to appeal the decision that initially cleared Horner of any misconduct.

An independent investigation had previously exonerated Horner, 50, of ‘coercive behavior’ towards a female employee.

However, this came into question when screenshots of text conversations purportedly between Horner and the employee were leaked via an anonymous email just a day after the investigation’s conclusion.

In a gesture of solidarity, Geri Halliwell, Horner’s wife and former Spice Girl, accompanied him to the first two Grand Prix races of the season.

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This move was seen as a public display of support amidst the turmoil and internal calls for Horner’s resignation from his position within the team.

Following the investigation, the female employee at the center of the allegations was suspended from her position at Red Bull. This action was reportedly taken after her evidence was deemed ‘dishonest’ by Mail Sport. Yet, in a turn of events, she is now seeking to overturn the original verdict by changing her legal team and preparing for an appeal, as reported by The Sun.

The situation has sparked widespread discussion, particularly after Horner posted a Mother’s Day message to Halliwell on Instagram. The timing and decision not to disable comments led to criticism from fans, who saw the move as strategically timed amidst the ongoing scandal. Horner praised the mothers in their family for their contributions, emphasizing gratitude towards them.

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Complicating matters further, Dr. Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s 80-year-old motorsport advisor, faced his own set of rumors regarding a potential departure from the team in light of the scandal.

Despite earlier hints of leaving, which could have led to implications for world champion Max Verstappen’s future with the team, Marko has now confirmed his stay after a positive discussion with Oliver Mintzlaff, Red Bull’s head of sport.

This conversation, occurring at the Jeddah paddock, has seemingly put to rest any immediate concerns regarding Marko’s role within the team and its stability moving forward.