Crimson Bull F1 boss Christian Horner grilled for eight hours in crunch assembly over ‘controlling behaviour’ allegations


System One group boss Christian Horner was grilled for eight hours at the moment over alleged “controlling” behaviour.

The Crimson Bull Racing chief — married to Spice Woman Geri Halliwell — was questioned by a barrister late into the afternoon at a non-public location.

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The 50-year-old appeared grim-faced earlier as he was being whisked to the crunch assembly.

An F1 supply stated: “Christian has been in there, and having his chat which has been ongoing for a lot of hours. We hope for a swift decision to this however which may be unlikely.”

The supply went on: “This isn’t a trial and we aren’t going to have a solution and an end result by the top of the day.

“This isn’t one thing that’s going to be rectified that rapidly.

“However Christian has not been sacked or requested to resign and he’s not going to resign.

“We’re in an investigation and we’ve to respect the integrity of the investigation, which suggests ­letting it run its course.”

The Solar instructed on Tuesday how Horner was being investigated over allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” in the direction of a feminine colleague.

He was seen as a chauffeur-driven automobile picked him up from his North London dwelling at 7.15am.

Unshaven Horner tried to power a smile after clambering into the again of the BMW with a briefcase.

Crimson Bull introduced in impartial attorneys following the grievance.

The assembly is known to have taken place in London somewhat than close to the racing group’s base in Milton Keynes or Crimson Bull’s HQ in Salzburg, Austria.

Late this afternoon, Horner was nonetheless being quizzed after the assembly received off to an early begin.

Horner, who runs the all-conquering F1 group of world champion Max Verstappen — arch rival of British favorite Sir Lewis Hamilton — has denied the controlling behaviour claims.

The allegations are stated to centre on issues a couple of strict work regime and don’t embrace sexual impropriety.

Horner, who has been Crimson Bull Racing’s “principal” since its founding in 2005, was quizzed by an exterior barrister employed by the Austrian firm.

Crimson Bull stated it started an inquiry after being made conscious of the grievance, understood to have been lodged in Austria.

At present, BBC Sport reported insiders had instructed them that they didn’t count on Horner to outlive the furore.

Employees on the group’s UK base in Milton Keynes have stated they’d no information of the allegations when approached.

The probe threatens to overshadow the beginning of the brand new F1 season — with the primary apply classes for the Bahrain Grand Prix happening on February 29.

Nevertheless, insiders say a choice on Horner’s future on the helm of the group was unlikely to be reached following at the moment’s first assembly with the barrister.

Our supply added: “Persons are anticipating this to be over earlier than the beginning of the F1 season, however that simply isn’t going to occur.

“It will likely be an extended course of than that as we’ve to conduct the investigation completely.”

Horner has reportedly referred to the allegations as “nuts” and stated publicly: “I fully deny these claims.”

Spouse Geri, 51, is known to be standing by her husband and has instructed buddies: “Christian has completed nothing unsuitable.”

Former racing driver Horner and Geri married at a church ceremony in Woburn, Beds, in 2015 after a year-long engagement.

They’ve a seven-year-old son collectively and Horner has a daughter from a earlier relationship.

Crimson Bull Racing has gained seven System One world drivers’ championships and 6 world ­constructors’ titles because the group’s formation below Horner 19 years in the past.

Final season, the group gained 21 of the 22 races on the worldwide F1 tour, and Verstappen, 26, gained the drivers’ crown.

Horner was awarded a CBE for companies to motorsport within the 2024 New 12 months’s Honours Checklist.

Crimson Bull Racing declined to remark at the moment.

In an announcement earlier this week, it stated it was probing “sure current allegations”.

A spokesman added: “This course of, which is already below approach, is being carried out by an exterior specialist barrister.”

Horner stays probably the most influential figures inside Crimson Bull and System One.

If he will get the chop, insiders count on him to get replaced by an government from the Austrian facet of Crimson Bull.

A probable favorite can be German businessman Oliver Mintzlaff, former head of RB Leipzig soccer membership.