Horner reiterates denial after leak of alleged investigation material

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has reiterated his denial of allegations of inappropriate behaviour after the leak of material purporting to be the alleged evidence in the investigation into his conduct.

Red Bull GmbH, the parent company of Formula 1’s reigning constructors’ champions, announced on Wednesday that Horner had been cleared after allegations had been made against him by a female colleague, who retains the right to appeal.

Horner, who denied the allegations throughout the process, remained in his dual roles of team principal and chief executive during the investigation and was in Bahrain on Thursday as the opening practice sessions of the 2024 season took place.

During the second session, material purporting to be the alleged evidence in the investigation was leaked to numerous media organisations and F1 team principals from an anonymous email account.

Later on Thursday evening, a team spokesperson read a statement from Horner to gathered media at the Bahrain International Circuit. The spokesperson said the statement was “not representative of Red Bull Racing”.

“I won’t comment on anonymous speculation but to reiterate, I have always denied the allegations,” the statement said.

“I respected the integrity of the independent investigation and fully cooperated with it every step of the way. It was a thorough and fair investigation conducted by an independent specialist barrister and it has concluded dismissing the complaint made.

“I remain fully focused on the start of the season.”

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Source : Sky Sports