Christian Horner was at Silverstone to see the Red Bull RB20 take to the track for the first time (Photo: Getty)
Christian Horner fully intends on attending the launch of Red Bull’s 2024 F1 car on Thursday, amid the investigation into his alleged ‘controlling behaviour’.
Horner, husband of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, is fighting to save his job after a female employee of Red Bull accused him of ‘inappropriate behaviour’.
The allegations became known last week, and is believed to relate to the team principle’s ‘strict and controlling work regime’.
The 50-year-old says he ‘completely denies’ the allegations, and presented his case to an independent lawyer during an eight-hour meeting last Friday.
Red Bull had hoped that the matter would be resolved before Thursday, when the reigning champions would officially unveil their 2024 challenger: the RB20.
However, multiple sources, including Sky Sports, now report that the investigation could rumble on for several weeks, and may not be concluded until after the F1 season has started on March 2nd.
Moreover, it is said that Horner is expected to be present at the RB20 launch which will take place at the team base in Milton Keynes, and was even at Silverstone on Tuesday when the new car was given its first shakedown.
Hello there RB20! ð pic.twitter.com/HrcdBKaop1
— RBR Daily (@RBR_Daily) February 13, 2024
Each team is permitted two secret filming days throughout the year, with three-time reigning champion Max Verstappen clocking in his new machine’s first few kilometers.
The whole matter looks set to overshadow the start of what is shaping up to be a very interesting and competitive F1 season, and indeed the RB20 launch.
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Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly urged Horner to resign from his position before the who matter becomes too scandalous.
Horner has run Red Bull Racing since their inception in 2005, transforming them into one of the most successful teams in the sport’s history, winning six constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles.
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