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Chris Horner is facing further scrutiny as another employee has accused him of “inappropriate” conduct, which he denies. A specialist barrister is scheduled to question Horner on Friday, February 8, regarding the allegations.
The employee who made the complaint also cited his “controlling” behavior as a contributing factor to the team’s current crisis. There are claims from other sources suggesting that these accusations are a deliberate ploy to undermine Horner’s position within the company.
Previous reports have indicated an ongoing power struggle between the UK-based team that Horner manages and the parent company in Salzburg, Austria. The passing of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz in October 2022 intensified these supposed internal divisions.
Following his death, a new board of directors was appointed. It’s been reported that Motorsport advisor Helmut Marko also has a strained relationship with Horner.
However, it’s suggested that Red Bull’s Thai backers, headed by Chalerm Yoovidhya, the son of co-founder Chaleo, continue to support Horner’s work. The unfolding situation comes as the start of the 2024 season is less than a month away.
Despite the allegations, Horner has not been suspended and continues to work as usual as the team prepares for pre-season testing in Bahrain in two weeks. Horner has been in his position since 2005 and has played a key role in Red Bull winning six constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ titles.
Red Bull has been approached for comment.