Monday, April 15, 2024

Ford CEO Jim Farley ‘pissed off’ with tempo of Pink Bull’s Christian Horner investigation, per report

The official begin to the 2024 Components 1 season is simply days away, with the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix set to get underway Saturday evening.

Whether or not Pink Bull Workforce Principal Christian Horner will nonetheless be with the group by then stays unsure.

Horner stays the subject of an inner investigation into allegations of “inappropriate” conduct, and whereas the group boss maintains that he has performed nothing fallacious, he has already spent hours assembly with the exterior counsel who have been retained to conduct the investigation. Horner was with the group once they launched the RB20, and was additionally current throughout pre-season testing in Bahrain final week.

Now Ford CEO Jim Farley has written to the group, expressing his frustration with the tempo of the investigation, and the dearth of a decision. In a letter to Pink Bull dated final Friday, and obtained by the Related Press, Farley famous Ford’s “non-negotiable” values, and blasted the tempo of the investigation in addition to an absence of updates from Pink Bull.

“As we’ve got indicated beforehand, with out passable response, Ford’s values are non-negotiable,” Farley wrote within the letter obtained by the Related Press. “It’s crucial that our racing companions share and display a real dedication to those self same values. My group and I can be found at any time to debate this matter. We stay insistent on, and hopeful, for a decision we will all stand behind.”

Farley additionally famous that whereas Ford trusts that the investigation into the alleged misconduct is “honest,” the corporate is turning into “more and more pissed off, nonetheless, by the dearth of decision or clear indication from you about while you anticipate a good and simply decision of this matter,” mentioned Farley within the letter in response to the Related Press. “We’re likewise pissed off by the dearth of full transparency surrounding this matter with us, your company companions, and sit up for receiving an entire account of all findings.”

Why does this letter matter? Ford introduced a partnership with Pink Bull in early 2023, with the producer set to hitch forces with the group for the 2026 season as Pink Bull’s engine provider. When the group launched the RB19, their challenger for the 2023 F1 season, at a stay occasion in New York Metropolis in February of 2023 Farley attended the occasion, to assist announce the partnership. “Ford goes to return to Components 1 after 20 years” Farley mentioned on the time. “We needed to go in a course that’s genuine to us … we’ve determined to have a strategic and technical partnership with Pink Bull for 2026 … it’s a giant deal for us.”

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