Christian Horner’s future as Red Bull F1 boss stays within the steadiness after he met with the lawyer answerable for the investigation into the crew principal on Friday in London.
Horner has been accused of “inappropriate, controlling behaviour” by a feminine colleague and is at the moment on the centre of an investigation by the crew’s dad or mum firm, Red Bull GmbH.
The 50-year-old, who has been answerable for Red Bull Racing since its inception in 2005, strongly denies the allegations levelled in opposition to him.
Horner met with the exterior barrister at a secret location in central London on Friday. It is now a ready sport to see if the matter is resolved, a method or one other, earlier than Red Bull launch their 2024 F1 automotive at their base in Milton Keynes on Thursday (15 February).
However, given the complicated nature of the matter and the necessity for either side to be pretty heard, the case might properly overrun into late subsequent week and past. A Red Bull GmbH spokesperson instructed The Independent on Friday night time: “As already stated, it would not be appropriate for us to comment before the investigation is completed.”
Red Bull Racing have refused to touch upon the matter.
The Red Bull F1 chief is married to former Spice Girl member Geri Horner and is the longest-serving crew principal on the F1 grid, having been on the helm for six constructors’ championship victories and 7 drivers’ championship triumphs – three for Max Verstappen and 4 for Sebastian Vettel.
Horner, who again in 2021 signed a contract extension at Red Bull till 2026, was made a CBE within the new 12 months honours listing for companies to motorsport, having beforehand acquired an OBE in 2013.
In the one official remark from the crew or firm all week, Red Bull GmbH mentioned in a press release on Monday: “After being made aware of certain recent allegations, the company launched an independent investigation.
“This process, which is already under way, is being carried out by an external specialist barrister. The company takes these matters extremely seriously and the investigation will be completed as soon as practically possible.
“It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
Horner is at the moment scheduled to look at Red Bull’s 2024 launch on Thursday, in an occasion being billed as a 20-year celebration of the crew in Formula 1.
Red Bull received 21 out of twenty-two races in 2023 of their most profitable 12 months to this point, with Verstappen storming to his third straight championship.
The first race of the 2024 F1 season – that includes a file 24 races – is on Saturday 2 March in Bahrain. Pre-season testing takes place in Bahrain per week earlier, beginning on 21 February. Horner could be anticipated to be current at each.