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Red Bull employee appeals decision clearing Christian Horner of controlling behaviour

The female employee suspended by Red Bull has appealed against the decision to clear team principal Christian Horner of controlling behaviour.

Red Bull's investigation dismissed the complainant's grievance earlier this month but she has lodged a formal appeal with the Formula One team's parent company GmbH.

The employee is understood to have been suspended on full pay as a direct result of Red Bull's inquiry, which concluded at the end of last month.

The complainant was told she had acted dishonestly and received a legal letter, which gave her five working days on receipt of the letter, to appeal against the outcome of the investigation.

Horner, 50, who has always denied the claims made against him, was allowed to continue in his role when GmbH cleared him of any wrongdoing.

When asked about the matter before the recent Bahrain Grand Prix, Horner said: "There was a grievance that was raised, it was dealt with in the most professional manner by the group – not by Red Bull Racing but by the owners of Red Bull Racing, Red Bull GmbH – that appointed an independent KC, that is one of the most reputable KCs in the land, and he took time to investigate fully all of the facts.

"He interviewed all of the people involved as well as others of interest. He looked at everything and he came to the conclusion where he dismissed the grievance.

"As far as I am concerned, and as far as Red Bull are concerned, we moved on and we look to the future. The time now is to draw a line under it."

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