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Horner Faces Probe at Red Bull for Misconduct

Horner Faces Probe at Red Bull for Misconduct

05/02/2024

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner Targeted by Internal Investigation for Inappropriate Behavior. A victimized employee, Mintzlaff takes it “extremely seriously”. Shocking news reported by Telegraaf in the Netherlands this noon and confirmed by Red Bull Racing’s parent company, Red Bull GmbH in Austria.

This behavior was allegedly directed towards one team member in particular. Oliver Mintzlaff, the successor of the late Dietrich Mateschitz, is taking the matter very seriously.

At Red Bull, everything was going smoothly in the 2023 season. The Austrian team managed to win 21 out of 22 Grands Prix, allowing Max Verstappen to clinch his third Formula 1 championship. The Red Bull driver was personally responsible for nineteen of the 21 victories. The news about Horner has thus hit Milton Keynes like a bombshell. Horner has been the team principal at Red Bull since 2005 and is therefore seen as one of the founders of the current success.

Multiple sources confirm to De Telegraaf that Horner is being accused of inappropriate behavior. When the executives of the energy drink company were informed, the allegations were taken very seriously. ‘After the company was made aware of certain recent accusations, an independent investigation was initiated. This process, already underway, is being conducted by an external, specialized lawyer.’

It remains unclear what exactly the team principal is being accused of. However, Red Bull can say little about the behavior, which was directed at one person. ‘The company takes these matters extremely seriously, and the investigation will be completed as quickly as is practically possible. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.’ Horner has also responded to the allegations. ‘I completely deny these claims.’

Precarious situation for Red Bull.

The implications are still unclear. Should the team principal be found guilty and the severity of the matter be significant, there’s a high chance the Brit might have to leave the Austrian team. Red Bull would then have to quickly search for a new team principal. It’s questionable what this will further do within the team’s organization. Verstappen is very fond of Horner and the current organization at Red Bull. The Dutchman has a contract until 2028. Horner’s contract runs until 2026.

Horner Faces Probe at Red Bull for Misconduct. Horner Faces Probe at Red Bull for Misconduct

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