Allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ against Red Bull Racing chief Christian Horner have surfaced, revealing a complaint made by a female employee.
Red Bull initiated an investigation into Horner’s conduct following this complaint. Horner, married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, vehemently denied the accusations.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday, with Red Bull eager to resolve the matter before the unveiling of their 2024 car on February 15th.
Although specific details of the allegations remain unclear, reports from The Sun suggest they revolve around Horner’s ‘strict and controlling work regime’.
Allegedly, he expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of a female employee, prompting her to lodge a complaint about his controlling behaviour.
Halliwell was reportedly distraught upon learning of the allegations but stands by her husband, whom she married in 2015.
This development occurs amidst rumours of internal power struggles within the F1 champions, following the passing of former team owner Dietrich Mateschitz in 2022.
Horner previously downplayed rumours of a rift with team advisor Helmut Marko, characterising it as a minor disagreement.
Mateschitz, a key ally of Horner, played a pivotal role in Red Bull Racing’s success since its establishment in 2005, accumulating numerous drivers’ and constructors’ titles.
Max Verstappen’s three consecutive championships and the team’s record-breaking 2023 season further cemented their status in F1 history.
Horner was honoured with a CBE for his contributions to motorsport at the end of that year.
James Vowles, Williams boss, addressed the situation during an interview, emphasising the need for a supportive and inclusive culture within the sport.
He pledged to address any similar issues within his own team, stressing the importance of introspection and long-term commitment to positive change.