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Leaked Messages Cast Shadow Over Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner

In a startling turn of events, Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal, Christian Horner, finds himself at the center of controversy after a trove of alleged messages was leaked to over 200 email recipients, including media outlets, Liberty Media, F1, the FIA, and other team leaders. The leaked documents reportedly contain screenshots of WhatsApp message exchanges that appear to involve Horner and another individual.

The 79 documents consist predominantly of screenshots depicting alleged exchanges between Horner and an unidentified person. The messages include images of meals, suggestive content, and what appears to be Horner in various outfits, raising questions about the nature of the exchanges. Some messages suggest attempts to keep plans secret and even reference Horner’s wife, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

While the authenticity of the files remains unverified by Fortune, ESPN, and the AP, Horner has denied any inappropriate behavior. In a statement conveyed by a team spokesman, Horner stated, “I won’t comment on anonymous speculation, but to reiterate, I have always denied the allegations.”

This controversy follows Red Bull Racing’s recent internal investigation into allegations of “inappropriate behavior” against Horner, which were initially reported by Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf. Horner was cleared of misconduct, and the grievances raised by a female employee were dismissed.

The leak comes just ahead of the F1 season’s first race in 2024, adding a layer of complexity to Red Bull Racing’s preparations. The team, led by Horner since its inception in 2005, has been a powerhouse in F1, winning multiple championships and contributing significantly to Red Bull’s global marketing impact.

The scandal raises broader questions about F1’s handling of inappropriate behavior from prominent figures in the sport, noting instances in the past where similar issues were seemingly overlooked. The leaked messages have sparked a wave of speculation and concern among fans and the wider public.

As the controversy unfolds, the impact on Red Bull Racing’s reputation and the future of Christian Horner’s leadership remains uncertain. The timing of the leak, on the eve of a highly anticipated F1 season, adds an unexpected twist to the unfolding drama within the Formula 1 community.

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