Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner Cleared of Misconduct Allegations After Independent Investigation

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been exonerated of any misconduct following a thorough investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior made by a team employee. The independent probe was initiated by the team’s parent company, Red Bull GmbH, in early February, responding to accusations of controlling and inappropriate conduct leveled against Horner by a member of Red Bull’s Formula One team.

In an official statement released on Wednesday, Red Bull stated, “The independent investigation into the allegations made against Mr. Horner is complete, and Red Bull can confirm that the grievance has been dismissed. The complainant has a right of appeal. Red Bull is confident that the investigation has been fair, rigorous and impartial. The investigation report is confidential and contains the private information of the parties and third parties who assisted in the investigation, and therefore we will not be commenting further out of respect for all concerned. Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards.”

Horner, 50, vehemently denied the allegations from the outset when news of the investigation broke on February 5. He has maintained his role as Red Bull team principal throughout the process and will continue in his position.

With the pressure mounting on Red Bull to resolve the situation before the opening round of the 2024 Formula One season in Bahrain this weekend, F1 itself called for a swift resolution at the “earliest opportunity.”

Over the weekend, Jim Farley, CEO of Ford, expressed growing frustration with the investigation’s duration and lack of transparency. Ford is set to partner with Red Bull’s F1 engine division from 2026 onward.

Red Bull’s three-time world champion Max Verstappen, speaking ahead of the announcement, expressed trust in the process when asked about his support for Horner. “Well, I’m trusting the process, that’s what’s happening right now, that’s the thing that I mentioned with it,” he said. “When you talk about performance, it’s, of course, very important that everyone sticks together.”

Horner has been at the helm of the team since its inception in 2005, overseeing six constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ championships, including three consecutive titles with Max Verstappen since 2021.