A Sky Sports correspondent has issued an update regarding Red Bull’s inquiry into accusations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ against Christian Horner.
On Friday, Horner, who has helmed Red Bull Racing since 2005, underwent questioning by an independent lawyer regarding the complaint.
Parent company Red Bull Gmbh, situated near Salzburg, declared on Monday that it is treating allegations against Horner “extremely seriously”.
While the team has yet to disclose the precise nature of the complaint lodged against the 50-year-old, he refuted the accusations in a statement to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
According to the BBC, Horner also rebuffed the assertions during an F1 Commission meeting attended by team principals, the governing body FIA, and Formula 1’s commercial rights holders.
As the hearing progresses, Sky Sports reporter Craig Slater provided an update on the situation, indicating that a swift resolution is unlikely.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Slater stated: “It’s not concluded for the day. Christian Horner is still in discussion with the investigator at a confidential venue in London.
The venue was relocated – initially planned for a meeting at Red Bull headquarters in Milton Keynes, but due to media attention, it was relocated.
“Christian Horner has been engaged in this meeting and interview process since approximately 10 o’clock this morning.
“I anticipate it will draw to a close around 6 pm.
This marks his first interview since the matter came to light.
A female employee and colleague at Red Bull Racing have accused Christian Horner of ‘controlling and coercive’ conduct, thus Horner is presently being acquainted with some of the specifics of the allegation against him.
“I do not anticipate a resolution by the end of the day. It appears this could be an extensive process.
“Red Bull is conducting a thorough investigation, which will not be dictated by the F1 schedule.
“For instance, Red Bull has its car launch scheduled for next Thursday.
“It is plausible that this inquiry may extend beyond that event, potentially even towards the commencement of pre-season testing on the 20th of this month.
“The season’s first Grand Prix is on March 2. They are committed to handling this matter properly, ensuring fairness for all parties involved.”