Why Horner won’t be allowed to cash in Mercedes factory tour prize

Red Bull’s Christian Horner won’t be able to make the most of a recent prize he won, after being the winning bidder for a tour of the Mercedes Formula 1 factory.

Horner landed himself a tour of Red Bull’s chief rivals’ facilities in Brackley in the UK, after bidding on the item at the recent Autosport Awards Charity Auction.

As the bids rolled in, Horner put in an offer of £4000 pounds – this ultimately was the winning bid. Proceeds from the auction are going to the Grand Prix Trust, which provides support and advice to F1’s trackside and factory-based team personnel.

However, Horner isn’t going to be permitted to take the tour and meet all the Mercedes personnel, despite winning the prize.

This is due to a clause that was written into the prize offer that would prevent employees from other teams from being able to take the factory tour.

A spokesperson from the Grand Prix Trust has since confirmed to RacingNews365.com that the clause was present on the prize going into the auction, meaning Horner won’t be permitted to take the cheeky excursion.

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