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accused of “transgressive sexual behavior”, Christian Horner could leave Red Bull

By TT-C.

Published 11 minutes ago, Updated now

Christian Horner has been at the head of the Austrian team since 2005. HAMAD I MOHAMMED / REUTERS

According to information from the Reuters press agency, Christian Horner, director of the Red Bull team, could leave his post a few days before the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season.

According to information from the Reuters news agency, the fate of Christian Horner, the director of the Red Bull team, is about to be sealed, with the imminent possibility of his dismissal. This comes following allegations of “inappropriate behavior” towards a colleague. The announcement of his decision should be made by Wednesday evening, just before the start of the first Grand Prix of the season. Horner, aged 50, would have categorically denied these accusations during his hearing on February 9. Despite this, Red Bull has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

Although scheduled to travel to the Middle East for the start of the 2024 season, Horner is facing internal turmoil. New reports published by the Dutch media The Telegraph revealed new allegations of “transgressive sexual behavior” towards an employee, claiming that messages with a sexual connotation were allegedly exchanged on a “significant period”. This employee would also threaten “to initiate further legal proceedings”.

Discord within Red Bull

Uncertainty hangs over the future of Horner, who recently took part in the presentation of the new car and in Red Bull’s pre-season testing. In a statement to Sky Sport, he expressed his confidence in the ongoing process while emphasizing the strength and unity of the team at these critical times in preparation for the season. come.

It’s also an open secret that there is discord within the energy drink company’s organization. The Austrian branch and Mark Mateschitz, who holds 49% of the shares, would prefer to quickly get rid of Horner. The brand’s main shareholder, the Thai Chalerm Yoovidhya (51%), has until now always protected Horner.

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