Christian Horner has been spotted ahead of his Red Bull hearing over alleged inappropriate behaviour on a major day for Formula One. Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have been made against the team principal.
The 50-year-old has said that he denies the allegations. Red Bull are yet to expand on the nature of the complaint, although the BBC reports that it relates to alleged inappropriate and controlling behaviour.
Horner was spotted in the back seat of a car on his way to the hearing, which is taking place in London. Red Bull, the F1 team Horner has managed since 2005, say they are treating the allegations ‘extremely seriously’.
They sought to have the investigation completed swiftly, with the hearing taking place less than a week after the allegations first emerged. An independent lawyer will question Horner during his hearing.
“After being made aware of certain recent allegations, the company launched an independent investigation,” Red Bull said in a statement on Monday.
“This process, which is already under way, is being carried out by an external specialist barrister. The company takes these matters extremely seriously and the investigation will be completed as soon as practically possible. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
Questions have been raised over Horner’s future in F1. The BBC report that many insiders in F1 do not expect Horner to survive in his role.
Red Bull are due to launch their RB20 car for the 2024 season on February 15. It is unclear if Horner will lead the presentation.