F1 News: Crucial Developments on Christian Horner’s Hearing Released Following ‘Inappropriate Behavior’ Allegations

Published 02/09/2024, 5:01 AM EST

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The Red Bull’s Team Principal, Christian Horner, found himself under scrutiny after his alleged “inappropriate behavior” toward a female employee made it to the headlines. In the wake of this, Horner’s future with Red Bull has been the subject of speculations in the days since the allegations emerged on Monday, 5th February. Nevertheless, on Friday, 9th February, Red Bull is supposed to deliver a verdict on the controversy.

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The Sky Sports F1 expert, Craig Slater, sat down to reveal the proceedings of the meeting as seen on X and he made an important revelation. Slater explained, “I’ve been guided away from expecting an outcome to this investigation today. I think you’re right not to call it a hearing which it has mostly been described as. I think this is more of a meeting and an interview by the investigators with Christian Horner, which will be as I understand in a central London location today rather than at the team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes.”

“So I’m not expecting an outcome today,” he added. “Clearly a very significant day. We know that Red Bull are taking this investigation very seriously. There’s an allegation of inappropriate behavior by Christian Horner by a female member of staff and I understand that’s relates to controlling and potentially coercive behavior.”

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Hence, today’s meeting will push the investigation to its final stages, and soon after that the F1 fandom will get the results about Horner’s future in the sport. Whether he stays or leaves will be decided in a few days, even though the Brit has denied all allegations. However, some believe he is innocent and are confident the oldest boss on the grid is going nowhere.

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In his 18 years in the sport, Horner has made a few rivals but also earned a lot of respect for his accolades. However, this controversy has surely garnered a major chunk of scrutiny for him. However, ex-F1 Dutch racer Giedo van der Garde believes a suspension won’t come as easily and this quickly. “I don’t see a suspension happening very quickly, but it is of course a stain on his name,” he said. “The team is now putting the finishing touches on it, but I don’t think Horner has to play a very big role in that.”

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However, if the worst possible scenario comes true, Red Bull has a perfect replacement in their ranks. “There are quite a few guys under Christian Horner who are very good,” said Van der Garde. “Jonathan Wheatley is a really good guy. If Horner is kicked out, he will become the big boss.”

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Horner became the sport’s youngest Team Principal at just 31 years of age and has built his legacy. He has had considerable power in the Milton Keynes camp but since the death of Mateschitz, there have been reports of tensions brewing. Some reports have also suggested that there is pressure from higher-ranking Red Bull employees for Horner to step down voluntarily. But Horner has chosen to fight the allegations by taking part in the investigation. Fans will have to wait a bit longer to see what happens to this issue.

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