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Christian Horner – latest: Red Bull boss at Silverstone today for ‘secret’ event

Christian Horner subject to Red Bull investigation over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Christian Horner’s future as Red Bull F1 boss remains in the balance after he met with the lawyer in charge of the investigation into the team principal last Friday in London.

Horner has been accused of “inappropriate, controlling behaviour” by a female colleague and is currently at the centre of an investigation by the team’s parent company, Red Bull GmbH. The 50-year-old, who has been in charge of Red Bull Racing since its inception in 2005, strongly denies the allegations levelled against him.

Horner met with the external barrister at a secret location in central London on Friday. It is now a waiting game to see if the matter is resolved, one way or another, before Red Bull launch their 2024 F1 car at their base in Milton Keynes on Thursday (15 February). However, given the complex nature of the matter and the need for both sides to be fairly heard, the case could well overrun beyond Thursday’s launch event, which Horner is expected to be present at.

Horner is at Silverstone on Tuesday for Red Bull’s secret shakedown event. The new F1 season starts on 2 March in Bahrain.

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Christian Horner – latest: Horner at Silverstone today

Christian Horner is at a shakedown event for Red Bull today at Silverstone – and is expected to be appear at the car launch on Thursday.

Red Bull are putting their new 2024 car through its paces during a secret shakedown event of the RB20 today at Silverstone.

Max Verstappen has driven the car this morning with Sergio Perez in the cockpit this afternoon.

It is thought the result of the investigation into the Red Bull boss could take weeks to be decided. The first race of the 2024 F1 season is on 2 March.

Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 11:41

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Christian Horner – latest: Max Verstappen out on track at a wet Silverstone

The three-time world champion is putting the new RB20 through its paces at a secret shakedown event for Red Bull on Tuesday.

Members of the public or press are not invited to what is a secretive filming day ahead of the car’s official launch on Thursday.

Sergio Perez is expected to take to the track in the afternoon.

Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 12:40

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F1 Drive to Survive: Season 6 release date and everything you need to know

For the sixth year running, Drive to Survive will air on Netflix as the cameras show behind-the-scenes access following the Formula 1 circus around the world.

Season six will follow the trials and tribulations of the 2023 F1 season, with another 10 episodes focusing on the 10 teams and 20 drivers.

The 2023 season was a year dominated by Max Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver winning 19 out of 22 races. The Dutchman – who refused to appear in series four at protest over the various narratives the series produces – is set to feature, alongside team-mate Sergio Perez and boss Christian Horner.

Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 12:15

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Christian Horner – latest: Will Horner be present at Red Bull’s 2024 launch?

Christian Horner is currently scheduled to appear at Red Bull’s 2024 launch on Thursday, in an event being billed as a 20-year celebration of the team in Formula 1.

Red Bull won 21 out of 22 races in 2023 in their most successful year so far, with Max Verstappen storming to his third straight championship.

The first race of the 2024 F1 season – featuring a record 24 races – is on Saturday 2 March in Bahrain. Pre-season testing takes place in Bahrain a week earlier, starting on 21 February. Horner would be expected to be present at both.

It remains to be seen if the team principal will make an appearance given the ongoing investigation into his conduct.

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Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 11:32

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Ferrari 2024 car launch

If you want to follow Ferrari’s 2024 F1 car launch – taking place right now in Maranello – you can keep an eye on all the latest updates with our live blog below.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are both present for the big reveal of the SF-24:

Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 11:00

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Christian Horner latest: PROFILE – Christian Horner: The Red Bull F1 Drive to Survive star married to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell

Christian Horner’s influence on Formula One – from the 31-year-old hotshot team principal in 2005 to unmissable mainstay of the paddock nearly 20 years on – is unquestionable. The Red Bull boss was tasked with a monumental mission when he was put in charge of the energy drink giant’s peculiar foray into the pinnacle of world motorsport in the mid-2000s. The castle he has built since has been stratospherically impressive.

Case in point was last year’s near-perfect season, winning 21 out of 22 races. It has all been, perhaps, even beyond his own lofty aspirations.

But it could all come crumbling down. As details emerged on Monday, Horner is now subject to an investigation by Red Bull’s parent company, Red Bull GmbH, after a complaint of “inappropriate behaviour” was made by a female colleague. Horner strongly denies the allegations.

Full piece below by Kieran Jackson:

Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 10:42

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Christian Horner – latest: What we know so far

The last three days have come and gone with no further updates on the allegations made against Christian Horner. Here are the facts as we understand them:

  • Red Bull Formula One team boss Christian Horner attended a hearing on Friday after allegations about his conduct that have cast doubt on his future.
  • Horner is currently awaiting the outcome of an investigation into “inappropriate behaviour” levelled against the Red Bull boss by a female colleague.
  • Red Bull Racing and the Austrian energy drink parent company, who have not detailed the nature of the complaint, have remained tight-lipped.
  • F1 insiders say they understood the hearing was held in London at an undisclosed location, rather than at the team’s Milton Keynes factory.
  • Sky Sports have reported that the meeting with an independent barrister lasted almost eight hours.
  • Red Bull are due to launch their 2024 F1 car on Thursday in Milton Keynes ahead of the new season.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner faces internal accusations of “inappropriate behaviour” (David Davies/PA)

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Kieran Jackson13 February 2024 09:38

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Will Horner be present at Red Bull’s 2024 launch?

Christian Horner is currently scheduled to appear at Red Bull’s 2024 launch on Thursday, in an event being billed as a 20-year celebration of the team in Formula 1.

Red Bull won 21 out of 22 races in 2023 in their most successful year so far, with Max Verstappen storming to his third straight championship.

The first race of the 2024 F1 season – featuring a record 24 races – is on Saturday 2 March in Bahrain. Pre-season testing takes place in Bahrain a week earlier, starting on 21 February. Horner would be expected to be present at both.

It remains to be seen if the Team Principal will make an appearance given the ongoing investigation into his conduct.

Mike Jones13 February 2024 08:00

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Red Bull set to pay record entry fee for 2024 F1 season

The 2013 revision of the Concorde Agreement that sets out the FIA’s regulations includes a ruling that entry fees for each competing team are determined by their success the season before.

A base fee of $657,837 (£521,691) is paid by all as a base fee, with an extra $6,575 (£5,214) per point on top. The Constructors’ Championship winners are hit even harder: Red Bull must pay $7,893 (£6,259) for each of their 860 points.

Here’s how much each team is set to pay.

Red Bull: $7,445,817 (£5,904,830)

Mercedes: $3,347,012 (£2,654,314)

Ferrari: $3,327,287 (£2,638,672)

McLaren: $2,643,487 (£2,096,391)

Aston Martin: $2,498,837 (£1,981,678)

Alpine: $1,446,837 (£1,147,400)

Williams: $841,937 (£667,690)

Visa Cash App RB: $822,212 (£652,047)

Stake: $763,037 (£605,119)

Haas: $736,737 (£584,261)

Mike Jones13 February 2024 07:00

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Christian Horner latest – Daniel Ricciardo refuses to comment on allegations

Daniel Ricciardo spent several seasons as a Red Bull driver and is now back in the team’s stable at the re-titled Visa Cash App RB team. Understandably not passing comment on the allegations made against his former principal Christian Horner, the Australian did admit that he felt like he was back “at home” after returning to the grid last season.

“Getting back into Red Bull and the family, I feel so much at home, so the truth is this is where I want to be,” Ricciardo told Reuters. “I am embracing it a lot more because a year ago I was unsure if I would race Formula One ever again …”

“Deep down I knew I wasn’t done but there was no guarantee I would be offered a seat again.

“I think it is a year when the team takes that step and (is) not seen as a Red Bull junior team anymore. It’s a team that is going to stand on its own two feet and hopefully make some noise.”

Mike Jones13 February 2024 06:00

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