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According to Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing's strength has never been better, especially after receiving approval to participate in the race.
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to race According to Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing’s strength has never been better, especially after receiving approval to participate in the race.

After receiving approval to continue as team principal, Christian Horner stated that Red Bull is currently at its strongest. Horner was present in the Bahrain paddock on Thursday morning once the claims of inappropriate and controlling behavior towards a female colleague were dismissed.

During an interview on Sky Sports before the first race of the Formula One season, 50-year-old Horner stated that he is relieved that the proceedings have been concluded, but he is unable to discuss them. He expressed his current focus on the upcoming grand prix and the task of defending their two titles.

Horner stated that he is unable to provide any additional remarks, but confirmed that the process has been completed. He expressed satisfaction with being in Bahrain and working with the team, all while keeping his attention on the upcoming season. He also acknowledged that within the team, the unity is stronger than ever.

On February 5th, Red Bull GmbH, the parent company of Red Bull Racing, shared that Horner was being investigated due to an allegation made by a female coworker. Horner strongly denied the allegation and on Wednesday, was found innocent. Red Bull GmbH stated that they believe the investigation was conducted fairly and without bias, however the detailed 150-page report is confidential.

Toto Wolff, the leader of the Mercedes team, requested that the investigation be transparent. However, no specific accusations against Horner were disclosed. The accuser also has the option to appeal the decision.

On Thursday, Williams’ team leader James Vowles addressed the controversy and expressed his belief in Red Bull’s thorough process. Vowles stated, “I am responsible for Williams, and in the event of a similar situation, I would ensure that we conduct a thorough investigation and implement a clear process that is transparent to the public. I have confidence in Red Bull’s thorough process and we must do the same in such a case.”

“I believe it is important for our sport to take pride in our inclusive, transparent foundations. Let us have faith and trust that all organizations are striving towards these same standards.”

On Wednesday, Red Bull GmbH released a statement stating that the independent investigation into the accusations against Mr Horner has concluded and the complaint has been rejected. The complainant can appeal this decision. Red Bull is certain that the investigation was conducted objectively, thoroughly, and without bias.

“The investigation report is confidential and contains the private information of the parties and third parties who assisted in the investigation, and therefore we will not be commenting further out of respect for all concerned. Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards.”

Despite continuously maintaining his innocence, Horner was interviewed by a lawyer for a duration of eight hours in London earlier this month. Horner has held the position of team principal for Red Bull since their debut in Formula One 19 years ago, making him the most tenured boss on the grid. Under his leadership, the team has achieved seven drivers’ world championships and six constructors’ titles.

Source: theguardian.com