Red Bull has begun an independent investigation into allegations made against its team principal Christian Horner.
Horner is understood to have denied the claims made against him.
In a statement to RaceFans, a spokesperson for the Red Bull organisation confirmed that it had commenced an investigation.
“After being made 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 statement said.
“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.”
The news comes a little over a week before the team is due to launch their new car for the 2024 season, the RB20, and less than a month before the opening round of the championship in Bahrain.
Horner has led the Red Bull team since it arrived in F1 19 years ago. In that time they have won seven drivers’ world championship, with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, as well as six constructors’ championship titles. The team have won 113 grands prix – the fifth most by any team in Formula 1 history – with 95 pole positions and 264 podium appearances.
Red Bull enjoyed the most dominant season in the history of the world championship in 2024, winning 21 of the 22 grands prix, including a record breaking win streak of 15 consecutive wins between the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2023 Italian Grand Prix. The team secured both championship titles for a second consecutive season, scoring an all-time record total of 860 points.
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