Christian Horner’s accuser lodges appeal against Red Bull verdict

Christian Horner - Christian Horner's accuser lodges appeal against Red Bull verdict
Christian Horner has always denied the accusations made against him - Getty Images/Clive Rose

Christian Horner’s accuser has now officially lodged an appeal against Red Bull’s verdict in her grievance case against the team principal for alleged controlling behaviour.

As reported by Telegraph Sport on Thursday, there was a short delay while the woman switched legal representation.

But she has now appealed the outcome of the internal investigation which was carried out by Red Bull GmBH, as was her right.

Red Bull’s parent company announced on February 28, on the eve of the 2024 season-opener in Bahrain, that the case against Horner had been dismissed following a weeks-long investigation carried out by an unnamed specialist external barrister.

Red Bull GmBH has been under huge pressure to show more transparency in terms of how it reached its verdict.

At the time the energy drinks company said it would not be sharing details of the report publicly as it was “confidential and contained the private information of the parties and third parties who assisted in the investigation”.

The statement 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. Red Bull will continue striving to meet the highest workplace standards.”

Horner’s accuser has since been suspended by the company, with concerns around the accuracy of her evidence cited as the reason.

If she fails with her appeal – which according to Tania Goodman, a partner and the head of employment at the law firm Collyer Bristow, should be overseen by someone of equivalent legal standing to the original barrister – the woman still has the option to go to an employment tribunal.

Goodman told Telegraph Sport this would not need to be done for several months, and could drag on for many more once under way, meaning the affair could potentially be hanging over Formula One into next season or beyond.

The sport heads to Australia next week, with Horner likely to face further questions about the divisions which have surfaced in the Red Bull team since the saga began.

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