Horner, the decision to be made before Bahrain GP, meeting tuesday with top management !

Verstappen and Horner discuting at Bahrain preseason testing 2024
Verstappen and Horner discuting at Bahrain preseason testing 2024
Last Updated on February 26, 2024

An independent investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior against Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has concluded, according to multiple Formula One sources.

A decision regarding Horner’s future with the team is expected to be announced in the next few days, likely before this weekend’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The investigation was launched last month by Red Bull’s Austrian parent company after a female colleague accused Horner of inappropriate behavior. Horner has denied the allegations.

The extensive report, thought to be over 100 pages, has been reviewed by Red Bull’s board of directors, who will decide if Horner remains in his roles as team principal and CEO.

“It would be nice for everyone when the matter is resolved” said Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, seeking his fourth straight championship with the team. Mercedes‘ Toto Wolff called it “an issue for all of Formula One” while McLaren’s Zak Brown said there needs to be a “swift and transparent conclusion”

The Red Bull board met Tuesday 27 February in Austria to discuss the report’s findings and is expected to reach a decision within 48 hours. Horner attended preseason testing in Bahrain last week but declined to comment on the investigation. Any public statement from Red Bull is likely to be limited in detail due to confidentiality.

Horner has been Red Bull’s team principal since they entered Formula One in 2005, overseeing the team’s seven drivers’ championships and six constructors’ titles. However, there are internal divisions within Red Bull’s ownership regarding his future. The matter could drag on further if the female colleague pursues additional legal action.

The Formula One leadership has pressed for a quick resolution, as has Ford, a Red Bull sponsor whose CEO Jim Farley expressed frustration over the lack of transparency in a letter. The Bahrain Grand Prix begins Saturday, with Horner hoping for clarity before then.

Sources : Sky Sports and Erik van Haren (telegraaf)

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