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Christian Horner, the head of the Red Bull F1 team, keeps saying he didn’t do anything wrong even though there are messages that supposedly got out

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Just a day after being told he did nothing wrong by an outside inquiry, Christian Horner, the boss of the Red Bull Formula One team, is sticking to his story. Some messages supposedly spilled out to Formula 1 folks, with WhatsApp stuff sent in a Google drive. This secret package was sent out to race bigwigs, teams, and reporters all over.

CNN guy Phil Duncan got it in an email from a mystery sender. He said, “Horner got the all-clear from Red Bull’s bosses, but then these WhatsApp notes came out last night, reaching almost 150 F1 big shots, including the other team bosses, FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, and media people.”

“It’s like a second round of checking up on Horner, who might’ve felt good about things on Wednesday but got hit with this twist 24 hours later.”

Horner is hanging out in Bahrain for the first race of the 2024 F1 season on Saturday.

The Google drive has 79 different files that claim to be about the recent investigation and statements. But, CNN can’t be sure if it’s all legit. Duncan said, “We can’t confirm it all, but Horner hasn’t said these aren’t his messages at this point.”

Horner, on Thursday, responded to the email distribution by saying, “I’m not going to talk about guesses from unknown sources. I’ve always said I didn’t do what they’re saying. I trusted the fairness of the investigation, and I helped out at every step.

A specialist lawyer did a thorough and fair investigation independently. They looked into the complaint and decided it wasn’t valid. I’m still focused on getting ready for the new season.”

Red Bull told CNN that they won’t talk about the private issue between Mr. Horner and someone else. In February, Red Bull looked into claims about Horner behaving badly with a team member, but this week they said the investigation found he didn’t do anything wrong.

Duncan says that even though Horner thinks he can handle the problem, the FIA might step in and change things. He thinks the situation might not end quickly and could go on beyond this race weekend in Bahrain. The feeling here is that it might keep going, and it depends on whether there’s a quick solution or if the pressure gets too much for Horner and Red Bull Racing.

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