Formal complaint lodged against Christian Horner

Jos Verstappen, Max Verstappen's father, has criticized Horner, suggesting he plays the victim and should consider stepping down.

A formal complaint has been lodged against Christian Horner, Red Bull’s Chief Executive and Team Principal, by a woman currently suspended by the team, as reported by the BBC.

The complaint, centered on Horner’s conduct, was directed to the ethics committee of Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA.

Despite previous investigations by an independent lawyer that cleared Horner of any misconduct, the case has prompted a statement from the FIA emphasizing their process’s confidentiality and autonomy, highlighting their inability to comment on specific complaints.

This controversy comes amidst a strong performance from Red Bull in the 2024 Formula 1 season, with Max Verstappen winning the first two grands prix and Sergio Perez securing second place in both.

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However, the team’s achievements have been overshadowed by the ongoing dispute involving Horner.

Following the dismissal of the complaint against him, leaked information regarding the case spread throughout the F1 paddock, intensifying the scrutiny on Horner, including aspects of his personal life.

Horner, supported publicly by his wife Geri Horner and Red Bull’s majority shareholder Chalerm Yoovidhya, has called for an end to the scrutiny, particularly concerning his marriage and family.

During the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, he expressed the toll the situation has taken on his family, emphasizing the need to focus on racing.

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Jos Verstappen, Max Verstappen’s father, has criticized Horner, suggesting he plays the victim and should consider stepping down.

Amidst this, Max Verstappen found himself in an awkward position between his father and Horner, fueling speculation about his future with the team and potential moves.

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The situation has also raised questions about the future of Helmut Marko, a key figure within Red Bull, amidst the turmoil.

Nonetheless, Max Verstappen has expressed his support for Marko, indicating his intention to remain loyal to the team and Marko’s continued involvement.

This internal conflict within Red Bull highlights the challenges faced by the team off the track, despite their competitive success on it.