Red Bull Considers Replacing Horner for Being Out of Touch

The internal conflict within Red Bull Racing over Christian Horner’s position is due to Red Bull Austria wanting to dismiss him following an investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior, while the Thai branch, led by Chalerm Yoovidhya who views Horner almost as a son, insists on keeping him, amidst differing cultural views on the issue.

Highlights

‣ The internal conflict within Red Bull regarding Christian Horner’s position is due to differing opinions between Red Bull Austria and the Thai branch, with the former wanting him out and the latter wanting to keep him.

‣ An investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior by Christian Horner was conducted, but no action has been taken against him, partly due to the complex ownership and decision-making structure within Red Bull following Dietrich Mateschitz’s death.

‣ Oliver Mintzlaff, Mateschitz’s successor, faces challenges in making personnel decisions without the approval of Chalerm Yoovidhya, who holds significant influence and reportedly views Horner almost as a son.

‣ Cultural differences in perceptions of gender roles and equality are highlighted as potential factors in the differing attitudes towards the investigation’s findings between the Austrian and Thai sides of Red Bull.


Oh, the drama unfolds further in the world of Formula 1, and at the heart of it? Christian Horner. The saga’s got more twists than a pretzel. Over in Austria, they’re practically itching to show Horner the door. Yet, the Thai contingent? They’re singing a different tune, firmly in the “keep Horner” camp. And so, the plot thickens, courtesy of the folks at F1-insider.com, who’ve been digging deep into this behind-the-scenes telenovela.

For what feels like an eternity (but has only been a few weeks), Horner’s name has been buzzing. Buzzing like a bee around a soda can. He’s under the microscope for some alleged no-nos. Red Bull got the investigation’s findings, but then? Radio silence. The Brit’s still there, prepping for the Bahrain F1 opener as if it’s business as usual. Why the hush, you ask? F1-insider.com’s got the scoop. Turns out, Dietrich Mateschitz, owning a cool 49% of the shares, had the final say on these matters. But then, he passed away, and with him, that authority.

### Why Red Bull Austria cannot sack Horner

Enter Oliver Mintzlaff, Mateschitz’s heir to the throne. He’s not exactly Horner’s number one fan and wouldn’t mind seeing him out. But here’s the kicker: with only 49% of the decision-making power, he’s stuck unless the Thai owner, Chalerm Yoovidhya, gives the nod. And Yoovidhya? He’s not moving an inch. Sees Horner almost like a son, they say, and wants him to stay, come what may.

This has got the Austrian side of things in a bit of a pickle. They’re watching, waiting, wanting change, but Horner’s not budging. And they reckon he’s off in his own little world, “no longer has both feet on this earth,” as they put it. Talk about being blunt.

Ralf Schumacher chimes in with his two cents, pointing out a cultural divide. He suggests that the Thai owner’s perspective on the investigation might be influenced by differing views on gender roles. “Western values about equality,” he notes, “are not the values in Thailand.” And there, the plot thickens even more.

So, here we are, caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, cultural clashes, and corporate politics. Only time will tell how this soap opera will unfold. But one thing’s for sure: the world of Formula 1 is never dull.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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