Mintzlaff: Convinced Red Bull can still be successful with Horner

Mintzlaff: Convinced Red Bull can still be successful with Horner

Mintzlaff: Convinced Red Bull can still be successful with Horner

Oliver Mintzlaff, Managing Director of Red Bull GmbH, is adamant the company’s Formula 1 team can continue being successful with Christian Horner at the helm.

Horner has been embroiled in a scandal ahead of the 2024 F1 season as a female colleague accused him of inappropriate and coercive behavior.

He survived an internal Red Bull investigation, but alleged evidence from the case was leaked via an anonymous email to numerous F1 related personalities and media personnel.

The Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO managed to survive the saga which also resulted in internal politicking at Red Bull that involved Max Verstappen’s father Jos who called for Horner’s head, with rumors swirling around the triple F1 Champion’s future with the team, even Helmut Marko’s position within the team coming under question. The complainant has filed an appeal and legal action but there is no outcome yet.

And while there have been reports that there was also a power struggle at the top of the Red Bull food chain, the contra Horner minority share owners (49%) the son of the late Dietrich Mateschitz, Mark represented by Mintzlaff, and the pro Horner majority share owner, Thai billionaire Chalerm Yoovidhya.

However, Mintzlaff, in an interview with Bild, backed Horner to continue in the hot seat of Red Bull racing despite all that has happened.

“I am convinced of that. He only has the team’s success in mind and is a very good CEO,” was the response of the Red Bull GmbH executive when asked if he believed Red Bull can still be successful with the Briton.

Mintzlaff was also asked about the departure of Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, he said: “Adrian has done a great job here over the years and played a big part in us winning 13 world championship titles.

Red Bull will still know how to build a fast F1 car

“It is of course a shame that he is leaving us, but we have discussed this in a very fair and respectful dialog. What he leaves behind is not only a unique legacy, but also a structure that he helped to build.

“Of course we will miss him – also as a person – but tomorrow we will still know how to build a very fast Formula 1 car,” he insisted.

Red Bull are sorted for the 2025 car, an evolution of the current single seater, the RB20, and another version of the successful series of cars that began in 2022 (ground effect).

In 2026 however, F1 will debut new cars and power units, and that is when Red Bull may feel the pain of losing Newey, but Mintzlaff is not stressed.

He said: “We want to continue where we currently are in 2026: at the top of Formula 1. Of course, there is no guarantee, but while we have proven that we can handle major rule changes, other teams have not managed to close the gap to us for three years.

“Max will also have noticed this and it makes me feel totally positive about the future. We haven’t just been preparing for 2026 since yesterday. Of course, building our own engine is a major task and challenge, but we are confident that we can master this step.

“This is the next stage in Red Bull’s development,” Mintzlaff concluded.