Christian Horner accuser 'to be re-interviewed this week' in new Red Bull twist ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

Christian Horner accuser 'to be re-interviewed this week' in new Red Bull twist ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 14/04/2024

- 15:05

Updated: 14/04/2024

- 17:14

The 50-year-old has always denied allegations of misconduct

Christian Horner's accuser will reportedly be re-interviewed this week as the Red Bull saga continues to rumble on.

Horner was cleared of inappropriate behaviour at the end of February after a female staff member had alleged misconduct.

He has since overseen the first four races of the F1 season in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan.

Horner is currently focused on next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen widely expected to cruise to yet another victory.

Christian Horner

Christian Horner's accuser will be re-interviewed this week with Red Bull hoping for the saga to finally end


However, their plans for the race could be thrown into chaos.

According to The Sun, the female staff member who accused Horner of misconduct is set to be re-interviewed this week.

She is unhappy with Red Bull's decision to clear Horner and is currently suspended on full pay, though would like to return to work.

It's also claimed Horner himself could be grilled as well.

A new barrister has been appointed for the appeal, while an F1 source says all parties want the saga to end.

“No one wants this to drag on any longer than it needs to," an insider is quoted as saying.

"Red Bull has made it clear that once the appeal is over, they are willing to be fully transparent.

“They don’t want to do anything that compromises the process but when it’s done, the gloves are off.”

While Red Bull are willing to be 'fully transparent', however, they are unlikely to publish the full report into the scandal.

This is because both Horner and his accuser have signed confidentiality agreements.

The female staff member has also separately lodged a complaint against Horner with the FIA.

Meanwhile, speaking recently, a friend close to the employee said she had been left 'lonely' and 'intimidated' by her suspension from the F1 side.

"It's impossible for people to understand what it's like for her," the friend told the BBC.

"She can't talk and she won't talk.

"But I can tell you what it is doing to her.


Christian Horner Red Bull

Christian Horner was previously cleared of misconduct by Red Bull


"Every time I have asked her something, she breaks down in tears and says she's got no-one to talk to because she's not allowed to talk.

"She is very upset, very angry, very scared, very intimidated, very lonely.

"And I think it's impossible for people to understand without being in her shoes what it's like for her."

They added: "She struggles to understand how, given the information, an independent process can have come to the conclusions it has, and the actions that have followed.

"It's shocking but not surprising how upset she is.

Christian Horner

Christian Horner has always denied the allegations against him


"There have been multiple financial offers [to sell her story], none of which she has had any interest in even engaging on.

"The fact she can't talk to her friends, is only allowed to talk to her direct family members… you have a single female who has followed the right process and feels like she is unheard and it has been a totally unjust process.

"It takes a pretty brave woman to do what she has done. And unfortunately it is a very poor state of affairs."

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