Horner: My fire is still burning brightly

Horner: My fire is still burning brightly

Horner: My fire is still burning brightly

Red Bull principal Christian Horner said he remains committed to the Formula 1 team for the foreseeable future, as he still has the motivation, his fire burning brightly.

Horner, 48, has led the team since it entered F1 in 2005. Red Bull has won four Constructors’ Championships during that time and Max Verstappen has an excellent chance to win consecutive Drivers’ Championships – which would give the team six during Horner’s tenure.

He remains the youngest ever team principal in the history of the sport as he was given the reins to the Red Bull team at the age of 31, after successfully founding  and running the Arden International race team.

“This is my 18th season in charge of the team and I’m just as motivated today as I was on the first day that I attended the first race back in 2005,” he told GPFans.

“I think that if you’re a competitive person, you have that fire that burns within you and mine’s still burning pretty bright. When you lose that, then that’s the time to obviously go and do something else.”

That time is not now, as Verstappen holds an 80-point lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Standings and Red Bull leads the Constructors’ by 97 points. Red Bull has returned to its perch atop the grid after years of playing second fiddle to Mercedes.

“I’ve made a long-term commitment to the team,” Horner said. “I feel very much attached to this team and responsible for it.”

The F1 season returns from its summer break with Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. (Field Level Media, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)