Horner case: Ford has clause to leave Red Bull

The story of the team principal, accused of inappropriate behavior towards an employee, worries the US brand which had signed an agreement with the team until 2026

Federico Mariani

Long shadows continue to lengthen over the Red Bull. In addition to F1Also Fordcommercial partner since 2026, asks for clarity on the internal investigation launched against the team principal Christian Horner for alleged sexual harassment of an employee. As anticipated, the US brand has shown concern about the matter, stating that it expects the same “standards of integrity and correct behavior” from the Austrian team. But that’s not all: according to the Financial TimesIn fact, Ford could even cancel the agreement made with Red Bull.

goodbye possible

The British newspaper stated unequivocally that farewell is an option not to be discarded: “According to people familiar with the nature of this partnership, Ford would have the option to leave Red Bull if it wished.” Therefore it is a clause stipulated when, a year ago, the union between the parties was ratified. Faced with such a scenario, the request for maximum integrity and fairness in the investigation, formulated by the head of Ford’s Motorsport department, Mark Rushbrook, would take on an even more rigid tone.


Therefore, while waiting for a ruling on the Horner affair, what is shaky is an agreement that has recently completed one year of existence. In fact, the partnership between Red Bull and Ford was made official on February 3, 2023 in New York. The American brand will undertake to supply power units to the Austrian team starting from 2026. A five-year union, lasting at least until 2030, sanctioned by the handshake between the CEO. Jim Farley and Horner himself. The two parties have already started working on batteries and other projects foreseen by a collaboration that has so far appeared well consolidated. At least until the case that is shaking F1.