Christian Horner has said that Red Bull Powertrains are “assembling an exceptionally talented group” ahead of their first foray as a power-unit manufacturer in 2022.
With current engine supplier Honda leaving Formula 1 at the end of this season, Red Bull decided to establish their own engine division, having secured an agreement on a development freeze with the other manufacturers.
The team announced earlier this month that former Mercedes High Performance Powertrains head of engineering Ben Hodgkinson had been appointed as technical director, while a lot of the Honda staff currently based in Milton Keynes are set to stay on.
“We are assembling an exceptionally talented group of people together and we are only at the beginning of that journey,” Horner said. “In terms of what the engine will be badged, at this point in time it is clearly focused at being a Red Bull engine.
“That is the commitment and that is the design group we are bringing together to focus on the new regulations.”
Horner explained that the agreement Red Bull have come to with Honda gives them a “soft landing”, but admitted that starting an engine division from scratch remaining a “big challenge”.
“It is a big challenge but it is an exciting challenge and it is one we have fully embraced,” he added.
“Other than Ferrari, it makes us the only team to produce both the chassis and engine in house and have a fully integrated solution between both technical teams. That is particularly exciting and attractive.
“We have, effectively, a soft landing thanks to the IP usage that we have a principle agreement with Honda for.
“It is exciting times. It puts Red Bull in a truly unique situation to have everything housed on one campus under one roof and to make use of those synergies.
“With cost caps potentially coming in for powertrains, it makes that achievable for a company such as our own.”