The complaint was made to Red Bull Austria, with the organisation confirming on Monday that it is taking the matter “extremely seriously”. A hearing has since been set at Oracle Red Bull Racing’s base in Milton Keynes, with the 50-year-old having appointed his own team of lawyers to fight the allegations.
According to a report in The Times, the woman in question has already been questioned as part of the investigation process. And Horner will be ‘interrogated’ in detail by Red Bull Austria as they get to the bottom of the matter.
A released statement read: “After being made aware of certain recent allegations, the company launched an independent investigation. 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.”
But in the meantime, he has continued in his role and is currently away with senior management. Horner’s wife Geri, best known for her music career with the Spice Girls, is reportedly ‘devastated’ by the events.
The development threatens to overshadow Red Bull’s build-up to the 2024 season. They have been enjoying impressive dominance in recent years, with Max Verstappen searing to a third successive title in 2023.
During Horner’s tenure, which began in 2005, the team have won seven world Drivers’ Championships, with Sebastian Vettel winning the other four in consecutive seasons between 2013 and 2013.
Horner has also overseen six constructors’ wins, with Red Bull heavily expected to be the frontrunners again in 2023. Indeed, the hearing has seemingly been deliberately set so that the issue can be dealt with before February 15.
That day the team is scheduled to launch its new car, the RB20, at its Milton Keynes factory. Less than a week later, official pre-season testing gets underway in Bahrain.