Mercedes F1 Boss Toto Wolff Not So Sure the Horner, Red Bull Saga Is Over

Jackson Wheeler
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  • Red Bull partners Ford and also Honda have expressed concerns about the murky nature of the saga rooted in inappropriate behavior charges agains team principal Christian Horner.
  • Red Bull cleared Horner following an internal investigation.
  • Mercedes boss and Red Bull rival Toto Wolff, however, warns that the Horner scandal does not appear to be over yet.

For now at least, Red Bull has retained the backing of its 2026 works Formula 1 engine partner Ford amid the Christian Horner power struggle and scandal.

At the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah, Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko—reportedly not exactly in the Horner camp—said that both Ford and also Honda have expressed concerns about the murky nature of the saga.

However, trackside meetings in Saudi Arabia at least brought some calm to the scandal.

“A lot has become clearer,” Marko, 80, was quoted in De Telegraaf newspaper.

When asked if he can continue to work with Horner, he said: “We’ve been doing it for 19 years already, so why not? However, there are still some issues that need to be resolved.”

At least for now, Ford still appears committed to the energy drink brand’s motorsport program, revealing itself as the title sponsor of the Red Bull-backed F1 Academy team project—the new, all-female F1 support series.

Mercedes boss and Red Bull rival Toto Wolff, however, warns that the Horner scandal does not appear to be over yet.

“From the outside, we’re treated to a lot of drama,” he told Austrian media outlet Osterreich newspaper. “But for a team like Red Bull, a situation like this isn’t great.”

Wolff thinks Red Bull has handled the situation badly because of today’s “very transparent world.”

“Not saying everything only makes it more interesting, leading to more questions, more stories, more speculation,” Wolff said. “But there is a real story in the background, and it’s the most important one—why did a woman who felt uncomfortable go to HR? Why hasn’t anything talked about this yet?

“There’s also an information strategy that looks a bit confusing from the outside. Generally, I think the Austrians are professional, while in England they try to keep everything small, but that’s no longer possible these days.”

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