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The Formula 1 racing team Red Bull has announced that team boss Christian Horner has been cleared of the allegations made in recent weeks.

The 50-year-old had been accused of “inappropriate behavior” towards an employee (read more about this here).

The acquittal is the result of an internal investigation for which Red Bull commissioned a lawyer.

Horner had denied the allegations.

After the relief, he is expected to remain team boss, but the Austrian company that owns the racing team did not address the future of the team in its first statement.

»Red Bull can confirm that the complaint has been dismissed.

The complaining party has the right to appeal," the statement says: "Red Bull is convinced that the investigation was fair, thorough and unbiased."

The new season starts this weekend

At the beginning of February, Red Bull announced the alleged allegations and announced that an independent external lawyer would investigate.

According to media reports, Horner was interviewed on the matter for several hours four days later.

Details were not provided by the parent company, where the former CEO of RB Leipzig, Oliver Mintzlaff, has been one of the managing directors and has been responsible for the company's entire sports program since the death of company founder Dietrich Mateschitz in October 2022.

The new season in Formula 1 begins at the weekend. The first race takes place on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Bahrain (TV: RTL).

World champion Max Verstappen is competing for Red Bull to win his fourth title in a row.

Of all team bosses in Formula 1, Horner has been in his position the longest.

He has been leading Red Bull since 2005, when the group entered the racing series. With Horner, the team won seven drivers' world championships and six titles in the constructors' championship.

Last year, Red Bull won 21 of 22 races, which was the best record in Formula 1 history.