Christian Horner in his racing car during the Red Bull Ring Opening in Spielberg, Austria on May 14th 2011 // Erwin Polanc / Red Bull Content Pool // SI201105160036 // Usage for editorial use only //

In their own words: Why Red Bull should keep Horner as F1 boss

Christian Horner in his racing car during the Red Bull Ring Opening in Spielberg, Austria on May 14th 2011 // Erwin Polanc / Red Bull Content Pool // SI201105160036 // Usage for editorial use only //

Underfire Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner is still facing an uncertain future due to his starring role in a ‘sexting’ scandal with a female team member with calls for him to step down.

However, there are also good reasons to keep him on at the helm, as Red Bull themselves point out in a glowing tribute to Horner which is ever-present on their official website.

Provided he is fully exonerated after the appeal made by his accuser is heard, Horner has no reason to step down as he has an impeccable record as the longest-serving Formula 1 team principal. A journey that began back in 2005 when he was key to Dietrich Mateschitz’s F1 dream in that role that he has kept since that first Australian Grand Prix in 2005.

Since then, under Horner’s watch, Red Bull has contested 371 Grand Prix races, and celebrated 268 podiums, as winners on 115 occasions including 30 one-twos. The latest of which were Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez doing the business first in at the 2024 season-opening Bahrain GP and a week later in Saudi Arabia.

Sebastian Vettel won four F1 drivers titles for Red Bull a decade ago, while Verstappen is heading to his fourth this year. The energy drinks outfit have been F1 Constructors’ Champions on six occasions. Last year was the first time their drivers finished one-two in the Championship standings. This year is likely to be a repeat.

That is an impeccable record. And there is no denying that Horner has turned the team into the powerhouse it has become. Apart from being zip-locked to Adrian Newey, the RBR F1 boss was reportedly instrumental in the formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies and the Powertrains element of the business.

Now, like Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull are not only F1 chassis builders but also F1 engine manufacturers.  So if not guilty (eventually of the ‘sexting’ allegations) why would they remove Horner from the position he has filled so well and without a real heir to replace him?

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 26: Pierre Wache, Chief Engineer of Performance Engineering at Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Red Bull Racing Sporting Director Jonathan Wheatley pose at the Red Bull Racing Team Photo prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 26, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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“Since Red Bull Racing was born at the tail-end of 2004, one man has been charged with directing its efforts: Christian Horner.”

“Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO Christian Horner, began his motorsport career behind the wheel, rising through the racing ranks in the late nineties to reach Formula 3000, then a highly regarded feeder series sitting just below Formula 1.

“His on-track role dovetailed with running his own Arden International team. At the end of 1998, Christian opted to focus on the management side of motorsport and hung up his helmet. Over the following five years, he built Arden into a formidable competitor, taking three consecutive International Formula 3000 Team championships between 2002 and 2004 as well as Drivers’ titles in 2003 and 2004.

“His success brought the young team owner to the attention of Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz and when the company decided to field its own F1 entry in 2005, it turned to Christian to run Red Bull Racing. In doing so Christian became the sport’s youngest Team Principal at only 31 years of age.”

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“A solid first season in F1 saw Christian guide Red Bull Racing to seventh in the F1 Constructors’ Championship. At the end of the season he drafted in legendary designer Adrian Newey as Chief Technical Officer and following a period of rapid development that included podium finishes in each of the following three seasons, by 2009 the Team was in a position to capitalise on major rule changes in the sport.

“Red Bull Racing’s maiden win and first 1-2 finish arrived at the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix and at the close of the season it had collected five more victories and 15 podium finishes overall, finishing second in both the F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships.

“The following year brought the ultimate step up and Christian led Red Bull Racing to its first brace of titles, securing the Constructors’ Championship at the penultimate round in Brazil, and adding the Drivers’ title at a tense finale in Abu Dhabi.

“The double win set in motion a stunning era of dominance and the Team wrapped up double title wins in each of the next three campaigns, resulting in a remarkable eight titles and 47 wins in its first eight years of existence.”

“Christian’s achievement in winning four consecutive double titles was recognised in 2013 when he was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II.”

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“However, in 2014 Formula 1 moved from 2.4-litre, naturally-aspirated V8 powerplants to complex 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid V6 power units. The switch hit the Team’s engine partner hard and though it continued to deliver wins and podiums, the days of Red Bull dominance were temporarily ended.

“Under Christian’s leadership, the Team regrouped and when it launched a partnership with Honda in 2019 the pathway back to the top of the sport was clear and over the season the team scored Three wins and nine podiums overall.

The race back towards titles was halted at the start of 2020. The sF1 eason eventually got underway in July and the RB16 brought the Team two victories and 13 podiums but it was to be the following campaign that lifted the Team back to the top.

“At the end of an epic, hotly contested 2021 campaign, Max Verstappen secured his first Drivers’ Championship title and the Team added another 11 wins and 23 podiums to its tally.”

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates his first F1 win with Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and the rest of the Red Bull Racing team during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160515-01469 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

“Another new challenge awaited in 2022 as Formula 1 ushered in the largest changes to the regulations seen in more than four decades. However, just as in 2009, the Team once again made the most of the aerodynamic and chassis changes and the all-new RB18 entered 2022 as a true contender.

“Optimised throughout the season via a focused programme of upgrades, it proved truly dominant in the second half of the season.

Max Verstappen secured his second F1 world title with four races in hand, at the Japanese Grand Prix, and the Team took its fifth Constructors’ title and its first in nine years at the following round, the United States Grand Prix.

“In tandem with his efforts at the helm of Oracle Red Bull Racing, Christian had also overseen huge growth at the company’s Milton Keynes headquarters with the establishment of a number of complementary businesses.”

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks to Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey during day three of winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 3, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christian Horner;Adrian Newey

“The race team was joined in 2016 by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to leverage the team’s motorsport-bred expertise in the development of high-tech solutions for external organisations.

“Entering into a partnership with Aston Martin, and based upon Newey’s vision for the ultimate road car, the company delivered the stunning Valkyrie hypercar.

Then in 2021 Christian led the Team as it embarked on perhaps its greatest challenge – to become a fully autonomous independent Team by matching chassis design with its own power unit design and production facility. Red Bull Powertrains was born.

Increasing success on track is now being mirrored by massive expansion at the Red Bull Technology Campus. And under Christian’s leadership, a new era is underway.

In addition to his role as Team Principal and CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing, Christian is also an Ambassador for the Wings for Life charity established by late Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz and two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner. (Source: Red Bull Racing)

Big Question: Should Red Bull keep Horner in charge of the F1 team?