03/02 04:58 CST FIA president: Red Bull boss Christian Horner controversy is
?damaging the sport' - report
FIA president: Red Bull boss Christian Horner controversy is ?damaging the
sport' - report
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) --- The president of Formula 1's governing body told the
Financial Times the controversy around Red Bull team principal Christian Horner
is damaging the sport, but that the FIA won't conduct its own inquiry unless it
receives a complaint.
Ahead of Saturday's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Mohammed Ben Sulayem
said any complaint lodged with its compliance officer would be investigated but
it had not received one related to Horner's situation and would not "jump the
gun," the newspaper reported.
"It's damaging the sport," Ben Sulayem told the newspaper, which added that he
was speaking Friday after a meeting with Horner. "This is damaging on a human
On Wednesday, the team's parent company dismissed a complaint of alleged
misconduct by Horner toward a team employee. A day later during practice for
the Bahrain Grand Prix, a file alleged to contain evidence against Horner was
emailed to nearly 200 people in the F1 paddock, including Liberty Media, F1,
the FIA, the other nine team principals and multiple media outlets.
The authenticity of the files has not been verified by The Associated Press;
the file came from a generic email account.
Horner has denied wrongdoing and said in a statement issued Thursday that he
would not "comment on anonymous speculation."
Three-time defending champion Max Verstappen said after qualifying on pole
position Friday that Horner was "fully committed to the team" but that his team
principal was also "probably a little bit distracted."
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