Red Bull pressure heaped on as Ford CEO makes demand over Christian Horner investigation | F1 | Sport

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Red Bull pressure heaped on as Ford CEO makes demand over Christian Horner investigation | F1 | Sport

Ford CEO Jim Farley has reportedly written to Red Bull making it clear that he is not happy with the lack of progress regarding the investigation into Christian Horner. The 50-year-old is being probed over allegations of inappropriate behaviour, which he denies, following a complaint by a female employee to Red Bull’s parent company in Austria.

The saga has cast a dark cloud over Red Bull ahead of the new season, with Horner’s future said to be hanging in the balance as the investigation continues. Ford boss Farley is said to have grown tired with the delays in reaching a conclusion and has written to Red Bull to make his feelings known, according to AP.

The report claims Farley wrote that Ford, who will enter into a partnership with Red Bull in 2026, are « increasingly frustrated by the lack of resolution or clear indication from you about when you anticipate a fair and just resolution of this matter.

« We are likewise frustrated by the lack of full transparency surrounding this matter with us, your corporate partners, and look forward to receiving a complete account of all findings. »

Express Sport have approached Red Bull for comment.

Farley also demanded that Red Bull give ‘prompt and serious attention’ to the matter surrounding Horner, which has been ongoing for several weeks. In the letter, he added: « As we have indicated previously, without satisfactory response, Ford’s values are non-negotiable.

« It is imperative that our racing partners share and demonstrate a genuine commitment to those same values. My team and I are available at any time to discuss this matter. We remain insistent on, and hopeful for, a resolution we can all stand behind. »

It follows similar calls made by other organisations in recent days, with Formula One making its first public comment on the Horner investigation last week.

A statement read: « We hope that the matter will be clarified at the earliest opportunity after a fair and thorough process. We have noted Red Bull has instigated an independent investigation into internal allegations at Red Bull Racing. We will not comment further at this time. »

Meanwhile, the FIA recently said it was committed to its values of integrity, fairness and inclusivity in its own public statement relating to the Horner case.

« In relation to the independent investigation currently being undertaken by Red Bull GmbH, the FIA reiterates that until such time as the investigation has concluded and the outcome is known, we will not be commenting further, » said the governing body.

« The FIA remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, fairness and inclusivity within the sport. »

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