F1: Drive to Survive creator confirms it will cover Christian Horner scandal

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner have featured prominently in F1: Drive to Survive (Photo: Getty)

The scandal revolving around Red Bull boss Christian Horner will be covered in Formula 1: Drive to Survive, the Netflix series’ creator has confirmed.

The Horner scandal has overshadowed the start of the 2024 F1 season, after he was accused of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ by a female employee of his team.

The 50-year-old was cleared, but texts and images supposedly from the investigation were leaked, and the accuser is now appealing the outcome of the case.

Horner, husband of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, has always denied the allegations and has called for a line to be drawn under the matter, but interest in the saga remains high, especially as it has ignited a civil war within Red Bull.

And it is set to continue until at least the start of next year, after the creator and executive producer of Drive to Survive confirmed that the seventh season of the docudrama would cover the scandal.

‘It will have to be referenced in some capacity, yeah,’ James Gay-Rees told The Telegraph.

‘And they will all want it to be told in a particular way, so it’s about treading that line to keep everybody happy, and to keep Netflix happy, and us – so we can sleep at night with the decisions we’ve made.

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‘You have to have balance. I think Horner is looking OK for the time being, but it doesn’t feel like it’s done yet. It will all depend on how it plays out.

‘I don’t know what he got up to – and I genuinely don’t have an opinion on it, but he’s been through it and you wouldn’t wish that on anybody.’

DTS has not officially been renewed for a seventh season but Gay-Rees’ comments and the sight of Netflix film crews at pre-season testing and the first few grand prix are a clear indication that it’s happening.



Christian Horner investigation timeline

How the scandal has unfolded…

Monday 5 February – Red Bull confirm investigation into Horner over ‘controlling behaviour’ allegations

Friday 9 February – Horner grilled by independent lawyer during eight-hour hearing

Thursday 15 February – Horner attends Red Bull’s 2024 car launch and publicly addresses allegations for first time – says he ‘fully denies’ any wrongdoing

Friday 16 February – Fresh allegations emerge in Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf suggesting Horner sent messages of a ‘suggestive nature’ to a female employee

Wednesday 21 February to Friday 23 February – Horner attends Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain – says: ‘We hope there is a resolution as soon as possible’

Friday 23 February – Sixth series of F1: Drive to Survive releases on Netflix – Horner and wife Geri Halliwell feature in docuseries

Wednesday 28 February – Horner cleared of allegations – Red Bull say: ‘The investigation is complete and the grievance has been dismissed. The complainant has a right of appeal’

Thursday 29 February – WhatsApp messages and images supposedly between Horner and the complainant were leaked to the media and F1 personnel

Friday 1 March – Horner summoned for showdown talks with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem – later, Horner has a ‘blazing row’ with Jos Verstappen

Saturday 2 March – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins season opening Bahrain Grand Prix – hours later, his father Jos warns Red Bull ‘is in danger of being torn apart’ unless Horner leaves

Thursday 7 March – Horner’s accuser is suspended on full pay by Red Bull

Sunday 10 March – Following Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Red Bull’s owners hold crisis talks amid reports Horner will be sacked and Verstappen could leave for Mercedes

Fans will have to wait a while before they see how the Horner saga is depicted however, as the the series typically releases the week before the season opening race, meaning its premiere will be around February 2025.

Horner has featured prominently since the first series in 2018, and he and Halliwell were involved in a very cringe-worthy moment in the sixth season that aired last month.

A scene shows Santa Claus arriving at the couple’s home in Oxfordshire and asking two of their children if their father had been ‘good this year’.



Christian Horner investigation – what we know

It can be argued that the heightened interest in the scandal is down to DTS which has been credited with transforming F1 into a global phenomenom.

‘Yeah, that’s what Christian said to me: “This is all your fault”,’ Gay-Rees added.

‘But apparently Lewis [Hamilton] losing the 2021 championship was all our fault too. There were some elements of the press at the time who said that Formula 1 was engineering a more dramatic outcome in order to keep Netflix happy.

‘Obviously this wasn’t true.’

The F1 season continues next weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix, where Red Bull and Max Verstappen will be looking to extend their championship lead after a poor race in Australia.

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