Christian Horner, boss of Formula One giants Red Bull, is facing allegations of ‘incredibly controlling behaviour’ in news that sent shockwaves across the sport.
Horner’s Red Bull have been one of the dominant forces over the last two decades, winning six constructor’s championships since 2010, as well as the last two titles on the bounce.
The dominance of Max Verstappen in the paddock – the Dutchman winning the last three driver’s championships – have led to the outfit becoming nigh unstoppable, however the allegations raise questions over the future of the setup.
MailOnline understands the accusations relate to claims of wrongdoing made by a team employee.
Accusations relating to Christian were flying around within the sport over the weekend, ahead of the new season starting next month.
Christian Horner was in a relationship with Beverley Allen (left) for 14 years before he married Geri Halliwell
Horner and Allen were together throughout his rise through the ranks in motorsport
Horner and Halliwell got married in 2015 and have a son together, Montague, born in 2017
But they are flatly denied by the father-of-two and no evidence of that nature has been established.
Christian described the accusations as ‘nuts’ in a message protesting his innocence to MailOnline.
Geri Halliwell, former Spice Girl and wife of Horner, is thought to be prepared to stand by her partner in public, the couple first getting together back in 2014 after Horner split with his first wife.
Here Mail Sport takes a look at Horner’s first wife Beverley Allen, in the wake of the investigation into shock allegations against the Red Bull principal.
Who is Beverley Allen?
Beverley Allen and Christian Horner were in a long-term relationship throughout the 2000s.
A former pub landlord, Allen and Horner lived in a sprawling Oxfordshire mansion where they kept chickens, ducks, dogs and miniature ponies during their relationship.
Allen is six years her former husband’s senior, and had been by his side throughout his astonishing ascent through motorsport.
He is thought to have acted as a step-father to her two sons from a previous relationship, Kieron and Liam, both in their 30s.
Horner is thought to have acted as stepfather to Allen’s two sons from her own past relationship
Allen and Horner have a daughter together, Olivia, who was born in 2013 shortly before the split
Horner’s long-term relationship with Allen – who is six years his senior – came to an end on 2013
The pair began dating in 1999, their romance lasting 14 years until 2013, when they split before Horner began his relationship with Geri Halliwell.
However, not long before they split, Horner and Allen had a daughter, Olivia, born October 2013 at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, while he was away at the Japanese Grand Prix.
He would later explain he had hoped to fly home in time but Beverley went into labour earlier than expected.
The decision to end his relationship with Allen so soon after the birth of their first child is thought to have been a reason for his parents to boycott his wedding with Halliwell.
However, Horner later revealed that all parties now enjoy a ‘harmonious’ relationship.
While Horner and Halliwell were operating in the same social circles for four years before his split from Allen, there was not thought to be any romantic nature to their friendship.
In 2013, Horner and Allen divorced, citing personal reasons, before he became engaged to Halliwell in late 2014 after months of dating.
The pair are said to have briefly split while he attempted to rescue his 14-year relationship with Beverley.
Back in 2017, after Halliwell gave birth to her first child, Montague, with Horner, the former Spice Girl was reportedly keen to mend the rift with Allen.
‘Geri is sick of being painted as a home wrecker,’ a source told Closer.
Geri and Christian mixed in social circles before they began dating. Christian first met the Spice Girl at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2009 (pictured in 2011)
Horner is fighting for his job as Red Bull team principal after the Formula One team launched an investigation
‘She wants to be a good step-mother to Olivia, and the siblings to grow up with a good relationship, so she is determined to be on civil terms.’
‘She knows there’s been a lot of heartache, but thinks that inviting Beverley over for children’s birthday teas is a good start towards building bridges between them.’
Horner admitted later in 2023 that his ‘blended family’ set up – with Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell Madonna, his own daughter Olivia and their son Montague – all get on well.
He also added that he and Allen are on good terms, telling Hello! Magazine: ‘I have a great relationship with Beverley and Beverley gets on with Geri, and Geri is great with Olivia and Olivia has a lovely relationship with Monty.’