Horner: I have attended every GP, people need to see the boss

Horner: I have attended every GP, people need to see the boss

Horner: I have attended every GP, people need to see the boss

Christian Horner insisted his job as Team Principal and CEO of Red Bull Racing means he has to be accessible all year, never missing any grand prix.

Horner became the youngest Formula 1 boss at the age of 31 when Red Bull took over the struggling Jaguar F1 operations in 2005, and has stuck with the team since then, the relation yielding six Constructors’ Championships and seven Drivers’ Crowns.

Over the 2023/2024 winter break, after his team sealed the 2023 F1 Title double with Max Verstappen at the wheel, Horner reflected on the burdens and responsibilities of running Red Bull in one of the most intense and competitive sport environment in the world.

Having revealed he had grey hair only after Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s epic 2021 F1 Title battle, Horner elaborated about his responsibilities, he told Sky Sports F1: “You’ve got to be accessible.

“I see my role as team principal and CEO. For 52 weeks of the year, I am CEO of a high performing technology business with Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Power Trains and Red Bull Advanced Technology.

“If I am not at the racetrack, I am in the factory from Monday to Friday. As team principal, I attend every single race. I have attended every Grand Prix Red Bull have competed in since 2005.

“People need to see the boss. (Not attending a race) would be like Alex Ferguson [Legendary Manchester United couch] not going to a football match,” he maintained.

At home, the phone is left on the sideboard

The 50-year-old F1 boss explained the strains of being on the road most of the year with F1 calendars now including more the 20 races – 22 grands prix in 2023 with 24 planned for 2024 – especially with a young family back home.

He added: “Leaving home and leaving family is always tough for anyone that travels a lot. 2023 was a tough calendar – 2024 looks even more so, with even more races.

“The most important time is when you are at home with the family. You leave the phone on the sideboard. I’ve got a young family and that time is very precious. I try to make (the school-run) a bit of a thing, if I can get back on a Sunday evening.

“If I can take the children to school on a Monday morning, it is a bit of normality,” the father of two and husband to form Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell, concluded.

Horner was recently awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by King Charles III’s 2024 New Year Honours List, for his services to motorsport.