A few days after the bombshell of Lewis Hamilton‘s transfer to Ferrari, which can trigger actions alongside your entire grid in 2025, with Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso totally concerned within the combine, there was one other earthquake of unsuspected penalties.
It’s the inner investigation that Purple Bull has opened from its headquarters in Austria on its F1 sporting director, Christian Honer, which has been confirmed by the crew. “An unbiased investigation into the most recent allegations has been launched. It’s being carried out by an unbiased exterior investigating lawyer and can be accomplished as shortly as attainable,” Purple Bull GmbH has acknowledged in an official assertion, in line with the German web site ‘Motorsport-Complete.com’.
In a number of media, together with the Dutch ‘De Telegraaf’ and ‘F1-Insider.com’, there may be speak of “inappropriate conduct in direction of an worker of the racing crew”. In accordance with the German newspaper Bild and the British newspaper The Occasions, the grievance got here from a feminine worker, who allegedly acquired intimate photos on her mobile phone.
In accordance with the web site ‘Motorsport-Complete.com’, the accusations of allegedly inappropriate conduct have been made for the primary time on the finish of final week and the main points are starting to be identified, though the presumption of innocence of the British supervisor, winner of seven world titles with Vettel and Verstappen in F1, and boss of Adrian Newey, one of many biggest technical belongings of the championship, is to be preserved.
Now it’s mentioned that at Purple Bull‘s headquarters in Fuschl (Austria), they’re coping with a file with “incriminating materials that brings collectively the accusations”. These at the moment are being investigated internally at Purple Bull, and additional actions and attainable penalties can be mentioned on the highest administration stage,” the data says, though the logical presumption of innocence of Horner, who’s married to Geri Halliwell, former member of the Spice Women, is maintained outwardly.
Advisable to depart
Alternatively, different sources of the paddock already enterprise at this second that from Purple Bull it has been really useful to him in a pleasant method, to current his resignation in a voluntary type, as head of the crew and to depart his present place. Nonetheless, Horner might have rejected the proposal in his preliminary response.
A deliberate assembly of the Components 1 Fee came about on the FOM places of work in London on Monday, at which Horner was current in his capability as Purple Bull crew boss. In accordance with ‘De Telegraaf’, all he can say on the matter is: “I categorically deny these accusations”.
Marko is saying nothing
Aside from the official assertion, no additional data has been communicated for the time being. Not even by Helmut Marko, govt advisor of Purple Bull Racing, who when requested by ‘Motorsport-Complete.com’ merely replied: “I am not going to say something about it,” to the German media.
Extra information is anticipated within the coming hours on a problem that appears difficult.
An inner energy wrestle?
In accordance with Horner’s protection legal professionals, he’s the sufferer of an inner energy wrestle throughout the Purple Bull household. When firm founder Dietrich Mateschitz was alive, Horner might depend on the Austrian’s unconditional assist, however now, that would have modified.
“Horner’s defenders say the allegations are smears aimed toward ousting him from energy in an try to wrest management from him on the Salzburg headquarters,” in line with the ‘Every day Mail’. The Austrian metropolis is residence to the headquarters of the vitality drink maker.
The British newspaper additionally claims that the Dutch newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ had been threatened with authorized motion if it made the allegations about Horner public. In the long run, it was ‘F1-Insider’ that broke the information first, adopted shortly after by the aforementioned Dutch publication.
Completely different media shops are additionally already speaking about those that might take over from Horner. The perfect positioned are Pierre Wache and Jonathan Wheatley. Particularly the latter, being the sporting director, as the previous is the technical director and thus might concentrate on his space.