- Christian Horner arrived in Bahrain for the first day of pre-season testing
- An investigation continues after being accused of “inappropriate behavior”
- Horner has denied the accusations made against him by a Red Bull employee
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has arrived at the Bahrain International Circuit for F1 pre-season testing amid an investigation into alleged “inappropriate behaviour” against him.
The investigation began earlier this month following a complaint filed by a Red Bull employee. Horner “strongly denies” the claims and appears to be attempting to go about his business as usual.
He was pictured in Bahrain on Wednesday morning alongside Red Bull technical director Adrian Newey as the pair prepared to test their team’s new car before the 2024 season begins next week.
Horner also attended a secret filming day last Tuesday at Silverstone and returned to the same track two days later for the launch of Red Bull’s new car.
Speaking at that event, he revealed that his wife, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, had been “very supportive” since the allegations against him were made.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner arrived in Bahrain ahead of pre-season testing
Horner was seen walking alongside Red Bull colleague Adrian Newey (left) on Wednesday.
Horner has said his wife, Geri Halliwell (right), has “fully supported” him since allegations were made against him.
Halliwell is “devastated” by the allegations but has supported Horner. She unfollowed all of the Beckhams, including her former bandmate Victoria, over the weekend, and the scandal involving her husband threatened to become toxic.
A report published in the Netherlands last week revealed more details of the allegations made against Horner, stating that he had been accused of sending “sexually suggestive messages” to a Red Bull employee.
Ford, Red Bull’s future engine supplier, responded to the new claims by warning Horner that they expect “very high standards of behavior and integrity” from their associates.
Horner remains adamant he is not guilty of any wrongdoing and has insisted he wants to focus on next season.
The investigation was expected to conclude before the season began, but time is now running out to do so.
For now, Horner has his sights set on keeping Red Bull at the front of the grid after a dominant 2023 campaign.
Red Bull won 21 of 22 races last year and Max Verstappen won his third consecutive world title.
The Dutchman and his teammate Sergio Pérez will look to make a mark in the pre-season tests in the coming days, with Horner watching from the Red Bull garage.