Christian Horner pictured for first time since Red Bull boss' statement on 'leaked text messages and photos'

Christian Horner pictured for first time since Red Bull boss' statement on 'leaked text messages and photos'

WATCH NOW: Sports round-up as Christian Horner pictured for first time since releasing a statement

Lewis Winter

By Lewis Winter

Published: 01/03/2024

- 11:00

The long-serving boss appears to be working as usual on Friday

Christian Horner has been pictured for the first time since he released a statement following the 'leak' of text messages and photos allegedy sent by the Red Bull team principal.

The 50-year-old has been seen chatting with Red Bull colleagues on Friday ahead of final practice and qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Horner was cleared of any wrongdoing by Red Bull on Wednesday after an independent investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a female staff member.

The long-serving boss always denied the allegations against him and was pleased with the outcome of the investigation.

Christian Horner

Christian Horner was pictured at the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit on Friday


However, the saga took a fresh twist on Thursday when an anonymous email account leaked a file containing text messages and photographs purporting to be alleged evidence in the investigation.

The file was sent to hundreds of F1 journalists as well as fellow team principals, Liberty Media and Stefano Domenicali.

Horner soon released a statement where he refused to comment on the 'anonymous speculation'.

He again reiterated his denial of any wrongdoing after going through the investigation process.

Horner said: "I won't comment on anonymous speculation, but to reiterate, I have always denied the allegations.

"I respected the integrity of the independent investigation and fully cooperated with it every step of the way.

"It was a thorough and fair investigation conducted by an independent specialist barrister and it has concluded, dismissing the complaint made.

"I remain fully focused on the start of the season."

Horner has continued to work as usual ever since the investigation began in early February.

And he seemingly continues to do so on Friday as he was pictured sitting at a table at the circuit in Sakhir, chatting with Red Bull colleagues.

The third practice session ahead of Saturday's race will take place today before qualifying later in the afternoon.

Red Bull are hoping to win a third successive Constructor's Championship in 2024, with Max Verstappen striving for a fourth Driver's Championship in a row.


Christian Horner

Christian Horner appears to be working as usual following 'leaks' of alleged messages and photographs


Red Bull bosses read the report from Horner's investigation earlier this week and decided to take no action against the 50-year-old.

The statement on Wednesday read: "The independent investigation into the allegations made against Mr Horner is complete, and Red Bull can confirm that the grievance has been dismissed.

"The complainant has a right of appeal. Red Bull is confident that the investigation has been fair, rigorous and impartial.

"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.

Christian Horner

Red Bull are preparing for the new F1 season which starts in Bahrain this weekend


"Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards."

Horner spoke to Sky Sports F1 on Thursday, saying he was 'pleased that the process is over'.

But the new developments later on the same day have again raised a huge cloud over the sport ahead of the 2024 season.

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