Red Bull’s Christian Horner Faces Hearing Over Alleged Inappropriate Behaviour

Feb 9, 2024

Red Bull boss Christian Horner will face a hearing on Friday after being accused of inappropriate behaviour, just days before the launch of the Formula One team's 2024 car. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that the allegation was made by another member of staff at the British-based team that captained Max Verstappen to a third consecutive world title last year. Team owner Austrian energy drink company Red Bull confirmed on Monday that an independent investigation had been launched. Horner, 50, who has been team principal since 2005, strongly rejects the allegation.

It is unclear where the hearing will take place and multiple reports say no conclusion is expected Friday.

In a statement released on Monday, Red Bull said: “After becoming aware of certain recent allegations, the company launched an independent investigation.

“This process, which is already underway, 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 practical. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

Asked about the allegations, Horner told De Telegraaf: “I completely deny these claims.”

Horner, who is married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, has been in charge of Red Bull since entering Formula One 19 years ago.

During that time he has overseen seven drivers' world championships and six constructors' titles.

The team dominated last season, winning 21 of 22 races in 2023 as Verstappen defended his drivers' crown.

Red Bull is set to unveil its new car on February 15 ahead of pre-season testing and the opening race in Bahrain next month.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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