- Christian Horner has been accused of ‘controlling behaviour’ by a colleague
- The Red Bull boss, 50, has strongly denied the allegations leveled against him.
- He attended the presentation of Red Bull’s new car for the 2024 season on Thursday.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has denied allegations of a rift with Max Verstappen and his father, Jos, amid an investigation into an allegation of “inappropriate behaviour” against him.
Horner, husband of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, is fighting to save his career after allegations made by a Red Bull employee.
He denies all allegations and last week presented his case to a KC, who is the internal investigator assigned by the team that is the current world champion.
And on Thursday, at the launch of Red Bull’s new car for the 2024 season, Horner again denied any allegations of wrongdoing and denied reports of tension with three-time world champion Verstappen.
“No, not at all (there is no friction),” said the team principal and Red Bull CEO. Sky Sports News. ‘I was with Jos and Max at Silverstone a couple of days ago.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has denied allegations of a rift with Max Verstappen and his father.
Red Bull boss Horner, who is married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, is fighting to save his career after a colleague accused him of “inappropriate behaviour”.
Working with Red Bull team principal and CEO Horner, Verstappen has won three world titles.
‘Max is very focused on his work. He has been very supportive of me and I am looking forward to the next season with him.
“There will always be speculation, but we are together as one team, that is how we have always been and that is how we will continue to be.”
‘The support from shareholders has been phenomenal and without that support we would not be here. So no, that’s not correct.
Verstappen, who has won the world championship for three consecutive seasons, echoed Horner’s words and separately said their relationship was “normal.”
And he added: ‘(Our relationship) is very good. We’ve met a couple of times, I was in the simulator, he was also there when we were filming.
“We’ve accomplished a lot of things together, so that doesn’t suddenly change.”
Horner, who has been at the helm of Red Bull since its launch in 2005, also revealed that he had been working daily at the Red Bull factory since early January and insisted he would be at the season-opening race in Bahrain.
Horner (right) spoke at the launch of Red Bull’s new car for the upcoming 2024 season.
Verstappen (pictured with his father Jos) insisted his relationship with Horner is ‘normal’
When asked about the allegations on Thursday, the 50-year-old also claimed he had not considered leaving his position.
‘No. Everything remains the same,’ he stated. ‘Obviously, I totally deny any accusations that have been made against me but of course I will work on that process, which I hope will conclude in the near future.
‘I can’t comment on what that process entails. I obviously have confidence in the process and working with it and I absolutely deny any accusations that have been made.
“I just continue to work within that process until it’s done.”