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Ford CEO demands Red Bull resolution in Christian Horner investigation

Ford CEO demands Red Bull resolution in Christian Horner investigation

The executive director of Ford Motor Co. insisted on a resolution on the investigation of the team director Red BullChristian Horner, in a letter sent to the team, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

The letter dated last Friday, by Ford CEO Jim Farleyexpressed his displeasure with “unclarified allegations of inappropriate behavior by Red Bull Racing leadership.”

Farley mentioned that 11 days have passed since Ford, which will supply Red Bull engines from 2026, first requested additional information about the investigation that the parent company of Red Bull announced on February 5 about the accusations against Horner made by a team employee.

Red Bull did not publicly elaborate on the allegations, which were initially characterized internally as a probe into Horner’s “aggressive management manner” but have now changed to reports of sexual misconduct.

“We are also frustrated by the lack of complete transparency around this matter with us, your corporate partners, and look forward to receiving a full report of all findings,” Farley said in the letter.

Horner denied any wrongdoing and also said he wants a quick resolution to the investigation.

Formula One and the International Automobile Federation — the sport’s governing body — each issued statements pressuring Red Bull for a resolution. But neither Larry Ellison – co-founder of Red Bull’s main sponsor, Oracleas well as Ryan McInerney, CEO of Visa, have responded to AP’s requests for comment. Visa was introduced in January as title sponsor of the Red Bull youth team, in Visa’s first global sports sponsorship in 15 years.

The investigation into Horner shook the F1 community just days before the new season begins and Max Verstappen’s goal for a fourth consecutive title. Approximately 100 pieces of evidence were reportedly presented during a deposition by Horner, who allegedly offered his accuser a six-figure settlement.

Source: Gestion

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