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Graham Read
Formula 1 Correspondent
8:00 AM 29th February 2024
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Red Bull’s Horner Cleared Of Any Wrongdoing

 
It’s been a difficult few weeks for the Red Bull Formula 1 team principal and CEO Christian Horner and his wife Geri following allegations made against him by a female fellow member of staff, but, after what Red Bull described as a “fair, rigorous, and impartial” investigation conducted by an independent KC, the highly successful and likeable Brit has been fully cleared of any wrongdoing. stance, which Horner has calmly but painstakingly taken since the allegations first became public knowledge, causing his reputation to be called into question.

Christian Horner can at last smile again after being found innocent of any wrongdoing
Christian Horner can at last smile again after being found innocent of any wrongdoing
As the investigation was a private matter and not part of any court case, Red Bull is intending to keep the details of just what was alleged confidential to protect all involved, as the KC gathered evidence from not only Horner and the complainant but also other members of staff whose input was deemed to be of value. The key outcome, apart from absolving Horner of any wrongdoing, is that he and his team can now focus fully on the start this weekend in Bahrain of the defence of their F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles without any distractions.

50-year-old Horner is Formula 1’s longest-serving team principal and has led the Red Bull team since it first joined the sport back in 2005, a time during which it won seven Drivers’ Championships , six Constructors’ Championships and achieved 113 Grand Prix victories.

Last season, the combination of Max Verstappen and his RB20 car proved untouchable, as the Dutch multiple champion produced the most dominant display by any driver in F1 history, winning 19 of the 22 Grands Prix. This contributed towards Horner, who has been married to the former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell since 2015, being awarded a CBE for services to motorsport in the 2024 New Year’s Honours List.

(L-R) Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez will begin Red Bull’s title defences in Bahrain this weekend
(L-R) Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez will begin Red Bull’s title defences in Bahrain this weekend
Horner has consistently denied there being any truth in the allegations made and complied fully and willingly with the lengthy investigation, being aware that key parties such as the FIA governing body, the Liberty Media commercial owners of F1 and the team’s major future power unit partner, Ford, were all keen for a speedy, transparent, and trustworthy outcome to be achieved without further delay.

Sir Lewis Hamilton secretly agreeing to join Ferrari at the end of this season shook both his current longtime employer, Mercedes, as well as the wider F1 world when he revealed the news recently. The subsequent allegations against Horner were of a similar magnitude, but we can now all focus fully on the ontrack action and seeing whether Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren can put more pressure on Red Bull than they so blatantly failed to do last year.