Since it’s entry into the sport in 2005, Red Rull racing has been run by Christian Horner as the team principle.
Now, he finds role within the team in jeopardy after an investigation into alleged ‘inappropriate behaviour’ toward a colleague has been launched by the Formula One team.
According to reports in the Netherlands the Milton Keynes based outfit has hired a barrister and is taking the situation seriously.
A statement from Red Bull Austria – the Austrian energy drinks firm which owns the F1 team – confirmed a probe was ongoing. It said: ‘After becoming aware of recent allegations, the company initiated an independent investigation. This investigation, which is already underway, is being carried out by an external specialised lawyer.
‘The company takes these matters extremely seriously and the investigation will be complete as soon as practicable. It would not be appropriate to make any further comments at this time.’
Christian Horner is ‘under investigation’ by Red Bull for alleged ‘inappropriate behaviour’
Confirmation of the probe today follows 36 hours of denials from the team based in Milton Keynes of any alleged wrongdoing. Horner has also described the accusations as ‘nuts’, in a message protesting his innocence to MailOnline.
Horner – famously married to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell – had dreams of sitting in the seat of a Formula 1 car as he started out his career in the sport.
He earned a Formula Renault scholarship back in 1991 and was seemingly on the right path when he took part in the 1992 Formula Renault Championship.
Horner promoted Max Verstappen to Red Bull during the 2016 season, a decision that has paid off as the Dutch driver secured his third consecutive drivers’ title in 2023
As part of Manor Motorsport he would take home a race win and end the year as the highest placed rookie.
Onwards and upwards it would seem as a step up to British Formula Three followed the next year, a season that would see a second place finish overall with five race wins.
1996 saw Horner enter the British Formula Two championship before he founded the Arden Team in 1997 moving onto Formula 3000.
That was where Horners’ driver career would eventually end, the realisation that he was ‘not capable of replicating the levels of commitment’ necessary came about after following Juan Pablo Montoya through the first corner of Estoril.
All was not lost upon his retirement from racing at the age of 25, in fact, the best was yet to come.
2004 saw Arden win the drivers’ and constructors’ championships very comfortbaly and with that success Horner was looking for an opportunity to move into F1.
His chance would come when Red Bull purchased Jaguar F1 Team and Dietrich Mateschitz handed the reigns to Arden founder.
It was a strong start for the new team as well, they opened the season with David Coulthard finishing fourth and his teammate Christian Klien seventh. It was a strong performance from the team as they finished seventh in the constructors’ by season’s end.
Christian Horner has overseen Red Bull to six total constructors’ titles
2006 would see the upstart team pull of their first coup, a move that would see them well on their path to success, Horner and the team signed revered designer Adrian Newey, albeit after the RB2 had been designed for that season.
In 2010 Red Bull had finally ascended to the top of the sport achieving the constructors’ and drivers’ championship double in a tense final two weeks of the season.
The first of four straight for Red Bull racing and their German superstar Sebastian Vettel.
There was a lull for Horner and the team following a regulation change that saw a major shift in the engines used but they have since built back up and have dominated since the latest regulation changes in 2021.
Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have clashed numerous times as the on-track rivalry heated up
Horner and Red Bull havedominated since the introduction of new regulations in 2022
Max Verstappen, full of promise, was given a Red Bull seat midway through the 2016 season a decision that would prove to be a master stroke.
The dutch superstar sealed his third consecutive title during the 2023 season, powering the Red Bull team to two more constructors’ championships in the process.
A hallmark of Horner’s Formula 1 career has been his rivalry with Mercedes team principle Toto Wolff.
The two have often clashed over all manor of issues during their time within the sport and in the past have been heard arguing with then race direct Michael Masi during the conclusion of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi.
The two have even clashed over the new regulations as Toto Wolff sought a change that would benefit Mercedes’ W13 that had suffered serious porpoising.
Horner entered Formula 1 as a disruptor as part of a team that wanted to break into the top end of the table.
Now it remains to be seen what happens next as he place is seemingly in serious jeopardy given the current investigation.