Bernie Ecclestone ‘urges Christian Horner to RESIGN to avoid damage to wife Geri Halliwell and his family’, as Red Bull F1 ‘inappropriate behaviour’ allegations hang over him

  • Christian Horner accused of ‘controlling behaviour’ by colleague
  • The Red Bull boss (50) spent a whole day on Friday about the allegations
  • Bernie Ecclestone reportedly encouraged Horner to step down from his role

Bernie Ecclestone has advised Christian Horner to step down from his role as Red Bull team principal amid an investigation into an accusation of ‘inappropriate behaviour’.

The 50-year-old, who is the husband of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, is fighting to save his career following the allegations made by a female Red Bull employee.

He denies all allegations but had to plead his case to a KC, tasked as the internal investigator by the team who are the reigning world champions.

Horner was beaten by a top lawyer in an all-day meeting on Friday, and Red Bull are in a race against time to resolve the dispute before the start of the new Formula One season in Bahrain. , on March 2.

Now according to F1 Insiderformer F1 boss Ecclestone urged Horner to quit.

Bernie Ecclestone has advised Christian Horner to resign from his role at Red Bull

Bernie Ecclestone has advised Christian Horner to resign from his role at Red Bull

Horner - who is married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (right) has been accused of 'inappropriate behaviour' by a female Red Bull employee

Horner – who is married to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (right) has been accused of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ by a female Red Bull employee

The 93-year-old is said to have ‘advised intervention and his friend to resign’ in a bid to avoid ‘further harm to himself and his family’.

Ecclestone recommended Horner to Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz when the team principal was now making a name for himself as the boss of Arden in Formula 3000 and was looking for a break in F1.

Ecclestone and Horner quickly became good friends, with Horner acting as best man at Ecclestone’s third wedding.

This duty was reciprocated when Horner moved to a higher realm of fame through his marriage to Ms. Halliwell.

Mail Sport previously reported how Halliwell is ‘devastated’ by the allegations against her husband, but will publicly stand by him.

Horner has not said anything publicly since the trial. Other informed insiders believe the case will drag on longer in a case of ‘he says, she says, he says’.

He is determined to continue in his role, which he has held for 19 years and won 13 world titles, drivers and constructors, in that time.

Horner is expected to return to the famous racetrack on Thursday when they officially launch their new RB20 car, as reported by The Telegraph.

Red Bull enter the 2024 season hoping to win a fourth consecutive drivers’ championship with Max Verstappen, and their third consecutive constructors’ title.

Red Bull will launch their 2024 car on Thursday, although it is not certain whether Horner will be present (pictured with triple world champion Max Verstappen last season)

Red Bull will launch their 2024 car on Thursday, although it is not certain whether Horner will be present (pictured with triple world champion Max Verstappen last season)

Halliwell is 'devastated' by the allegations against her husband, but will publicly support him

Halliwell is ‘devastated’ by the allegations against her husband, but will publicly support him

The team drove a very wet Silverstone circuit for a filming day on Tuesday, ahead of the launch of their new car – with Horner in attendance.

The hotly anticipated Red Bull RB20, the successor to RB19 – F1’s most dominant car ever – will be unveiled at a special launch ceremony at Milton Keynes on Thursday.

Horner is expected to return to the famous racetrack on Thursday when they officially launch their new RB20 car, as reported by The Telegraph.

Teams are allowed to carry out two days of secret filming during the course of the season, and Red Bull opted to use one of them before conducting three days of pre-season testing.

Footage has circulated online today of Verstappen hitting the track for the first time in 2024.

The uncertainty about Horner’s future may also drag on for some time, with De Telegraaf also reporting that a final verdict on his behavior may not be published for weeks.

A spokesman for Red Bull GmbH said on Monday: ‘After being made aware of certain recent allegations, the company has launched an independent investigation.’

They added: ‘The company takes these matters extremely seriously.’

In response to the allegations, Horner said: ‘I completely deny the allegations.’

Red Bull said: ‘After being made aware of certain recent allegations, the company has launched an independent investigation. This process is carried out by an external specialist lawyer.

‘The investigation will be completed as soon as practicable. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.’

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