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Wolff demands F1 uses ‘role model’ status in wake of Horner investigation

Mercedes Team Principal wants lessons to be learnt from Red Bull investigation

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Toto Wolff has called for F1 to showcase its role model status as the Red Bull internal investigation into Christian Horner rumbles on.

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff speaking in a press conference during the 2023 Miami Grand Prix weekend (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)
Christian Horner and Toto Wolff speaking in a press conference during the 2023 Miami Grand Prix weekend (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)

F1 has reconvened in Bahrain as pre-season testing gets underway. With the excitement of a new season on the horizon, the Team Principals gathered ahead of the first test.

The ongoing internal investigation by Red Bull into Christian Horner was not far away from discussion. Horner’s position within Red Bull remains uncertain as allegations from a female employee are investigated.

The team has yet to reveal any outcome of a meeting between Horner and an external barrister on February 9th. Horner attended the RB20 car launch and is in Bahrain overseeing testing as the investigation continues. While at the car launch, Max Verstappen confirmed his relationship with his boss remains unchanged. 

As reported by, Team Principals were asked in a press conference about the repercussions of the investigation. Only Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff would answer a question on the topic.

Wolff pushes F1

Speaking in the press conference, Wolff demanded F1 showcase its status as “role models”:

“I think it’s clear, F1, and what the teams do, we stand for inclusion, equality, fairness, diversity.And it’s not only about talking about it, but living it day [in], day out. And I think this is the standard that we’re setting ourselves.

“We are a global sport, one of the most important sports platform in the world. And we’re role models”

Wolff also commented on the speculation surrounding the investigation, stating he believed in Red Bull’s processes. He also wants F1 to apply learnings from the investigation to the sport:

“But having said that, there is a lot of speculation that’s been happening over the last weeks, speculation that we have heard of. And lots of things that are going on.

“I think what’s important at that stage, for process with rigour, I think what Red Bull has started as an independent investigation, if this is done in the right way, with transparency, and with that rigour, I think that’s something that we need to look at, what the outcomes are, and what it means for F1, and how we can learn from that.

“Because we want to talk about racing cars. And we want to talk about the sport, rather than these kinds of very, very critical topics that are more than just the team’s issue.

“It’s a phenomenon, or it’s an issue for all F1. And in general, for every individual that works out there.”


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