James Vowles has responded to the investigation into Christian Horner’s alleged inappropriate behavior. The Williams team boss does not want to comment substantively on the matter and makes the problem broader. In Vowles’ view, it is crucial that Formula 1 teams look at the working atmosphere within their racing stables and that some changes may need to be made for the future.
On Monday afternoon, the Formula 1 world was shocked by news about Horner. According to reports, the Red Bull team boss allegedly showed inappropriate behavior. There is currently much speculation about the nature of the allegations. Red Bull takes the allegations very seriously and an independent investigation has already been started. The Austrian racing team could not say more about the matter. Horner has categorically denied the allegations.
Monday was a memorable day for Williams, as the new car was presented. Yet Vowles also received questions about the investigation into Horner’s behavior. ‘I have no knowledge of what is behind it and the seriousness of what allegedly happened. “I can only say that if this ever happens in our circles, we will be fully focused on fixing the problem and creating a working atmosphere that is good for everyone,” the Williams team boss told BloombergTV.
Vowles: ‘Would mean we should all take a good look in the mirror’
If Horner is actually found guilty, there appears to be no chance that the team boss will be able to continue his work. What implications would that have for the rest of Formula 1? ‘It would mean that we should all take a good look in the mirror and ask ourselves the right questions internally, so that we can ultimately be proud of the way we work. Not just right now, but for the next decade,” Vowles said.