Christian Horner must wait for decision on Red Bull future after crunch meeting

Red Bull hope the investigation into Christian Horner is concluded next week (Picture: Getty Images)

Christian Horner attended a key meeting on Friday with a barrister leading the investigation into allegations of ‘controlling behaviour’ made against the Red Bull team principal.

On Monday, it was revealed that Horner was being investigated after a female Red Bull employee had accused him of ‘inappropriate and controlling’ behaviour.

The 50-year-old ‘completely denies’ the claims, and in a hearing on Friday presented his case to the independent lawyer his team have hired to handle the case.

The Guardian report that the ‘extensive’ meeting lasted for eight hours but no resolution or decision was reached, nor was it expected to be.

A Red Bull statement after the meeting read: ‘It would not be appropriate to comment before the investigation is completed.’

The employee is believed to have already presented her evidence, and Red Bull want the matter dealt with quickly so it does not overshadow their 2024 car launch on Thursday 15 February.

However, the BBC report that the investigation could drag on all the way to the start of the F1 season, in Bahrain on 1 March.

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Horner with his wife Geri Halliwell (Picture: Getty Images)

After the allegations emerged on Monday, parent company Red Bull GmbH issued a statement which read: ‘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’s wife – former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell – is said to have been in ‘floods of tears’ but will stand by and support her husband to the end.


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