Christian Horner: Formula 1 wants Red Bull to resolve team boss controversy ‘as soon as possible’

Formula 1 has urged Red Bull to resolve the controversy surrounding Christian Horner as soon as possible.

Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, is facing allegations of inappropriate and controlling behaviour towards a female colleague.

Horner, who has led the team since 2005, has denied the allegations.

“We hope that the matter will be clarified at the earliest opportunity after a fair and thorough process,” an F1 statement read.

“We have noted Red Bull has instigated an independent investigation into internal allegations at Red Bull Racing,” it added.

“We will not comment further at this time.”

When the allegations emerged two weeks ago, Red Bull issued a statement saying it was taking the matter “extremely seriously”.

The company said it was launching an “independent investigation” which was “being carried out by an external specialist barrister” and would “be completed as soon as practically possible”.

Horner was interviewed by a lawyer for several hours on 9 February.

Speaking at the launch of Red Bull’s new F1 car on Thursday, Horner said: “I obviously deny the allegations that have been made but I’m going through a process and fully respect that process.”

Red Bull’s lawyer is expected to compile a report which will then be submitted to the company’s board.

The identity of the lawyer has not been made public, nor have any other details about the scope of the investigation.

Meanwhile, US car giant Ford, which is to become the engine partner of Red Bull in F1 in 2026, has issued a statement about Horner’s situation.

Mark Rushbrook, global head of Ford Performance Motorsport, said: “As a family company, and a company that holds itself to very high standards of behaviour and integrity, we do expect the same from our partners.

“It appears to us, and what we’ve been told, was that Red Bull is taking the situation very seriously. And of course, they’re worried about their brand, as well.

“And that’s why they’ve got an independent investigation and until we see what truth comes out of that, it’s too early for us to comment on it all.”

F1’s governing body the FIA says it will “not comment while the investigation continues”.

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