Horner reaffirms commitment to Red Bull after Ecclestone comments

Christian Horner withe Bernie Ecclestone

Christian Horner withe Bernie Ecclestone

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has come out to reaffirm his commitment to the energy drinks owned outfit after Bernie Ecclestone named him an his “ideal successor”.

Formula 1 ‘supremo’ Ecclestone, caught up in a corruption scandal that could end his long reign over the sport, said of his 40-year-old ally and friend: “I would be happy to hold [Horner’s] hand. We could have a transitional period.”

The comments were interpreted as a clear sign that Ecclestone, 83, is paving the road for Horner to succeed him, but Red Bull issued a statement from Interlagos insisting its team boss “has a long term contract”.

Horner was quoted as saying: “While Bernie’s comments in the press are very flattering, I am fully focused on my role as Team Principal with Red Bull Racing.

“I have said many times that there is only one Bernie Ecclestone. What he has done for Formula 1 is incredible and in my opinion he is irreplaceable,” he added. (GMM)

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