“The accusations made in Singapore were extremely upsetting for every single member of staff, all our partners, everyone involved within Red Bull,” said Horner.
“Obviously, any form of leakage is hugely worrying. It’s something that we expect to be followed up.”
The leaks also saw Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko point out how “strange” it is that the cost cap process was being overseen by former Mercedes lawyer Shaila-Ann Rao.
Murky Merc connection?
After working as Mercedes’ legal advisor, Rao stepped over to the FIA, becoming the Interim FIA Secretary-General for Motor Sport. This caused worry for rival fans considering her links to the eight-time constructors’ champions.
However, Ben Sulayem dismissed notions that Rao had any preference for Mercedes whilst responding to speculation that she could step down and that a permanent replacement could be found.
“Her position is interim secretary general, and the interim, what does interim mean?” questioned Ben Sulayem.
“Shaila-Ann has been supportive a lot to me. You see her intelligence when it comes to setting big decisions for me.
“I’ll be very honest with you, and I’ll defend my opinion, but when it comes to Shaila-Ann, there were accusations that she is mainly a supporter of Mercedes.