“Misogyny at its finest” – Fans thrash FIA over double standards in Christian Horner investigation saga compared to Susie Wolff’s conflict of interest case

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem made it clear that the sports governing body would not rush to take action on Christian Horner against claims of inappropriate behavior.


“Misogyny at its finest” – Fans thrash FIA over double standards in Christian Horner investigation saga compared to Susie Wolff’s conflict of interest case

Christian Horner [L] Susie Wolff [R] (images via IMAGO)

Christian Horner has been under fire in the past couple of weeks. The 50-year-old was accused of inappropriate behavior by a Red Bull employee. The Briton was cleared of all allegations after an independent investigation. However, a massive evidence leak has put Horner in the spotlight once again. However, the FIA has decided not to intervene for now.

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The FIA’s inaction regarding this case comes as a contradiction after the sports governing body investigated F1 Academy CEO Susie Wolff and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff for a potential conflict of interest. The Wolff couple was investigated after the FIA received a complaint about the latter obtaining internal information from F1. However, the FIA gave a clean shit to the couple after it found no substantial evidence.

On the other hand, Christian Horner’s case has been public knowledge for a few weeks now. The 50-year-old has denied all claims. However, the alleged evidence leak could cause trouble to the Briton. FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem even met with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to discuss the situation.

Ben Sulayem admitted that the inappropriate behavior allegations against Christian Horner have damaged the sport. However, the FIA President mentioned that the sports governing body would not take action for now. As the FIA had not received any formal complaint. This differs from Susie Wolff’s case when FIA had received a complaint from the grid.

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Fans furious over FIA’s inaction on Christian Horner

Many fans on X slammed the FIA over its handling of the two situations. Users reckoned that the sports governing body had double standards when it came to allegations of men in power compared to women. One fan wrote, “Misogyny at its finest.”

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Christian Horner (Via IMAGO)
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and Christian Horner (Via IMAGO)

Moreover, another user theorized that Red Bull owns the sport and that the FIA would only take action against its rivals. The user claimed, “Doesn’t fit the narrative, Red Bull clearly own the sport now , so they will stay silent.”

One fan shared similar views. The fan reckoned that Red Bull could get away with any action or comments while others would face a penalty. The fan stated, “Its one rule for RBR and their racist, sexist, lying, cheating and it seems coercive employees and another rule(s) for every other team and/or employee there of..” The fan might have hinted at Helmut Marko‘s alleged racist and xenophobic comments on Sergio Perez.

However, one user pointed out that Susie Wolff was employed by Formula 1 and the FIA which put her under investigation while Christian Horner was employed by Red Bull. As such, it was Red Bull GmbH that investigated the 50-year-old.

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Certainly, fans are enraged over the lack of action on Christian Horner by the FIA. However, the sports governing body needs a formal complaint to investigate the Briton. Although, if the situation worsens in the coming days, the paddock would hope that the FIA decides to handle the case itself.

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