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Horner’s Formula 1 Mastery: Red Bull’s Winning Legacy

11/01/2024

F1 analyst Peter Windsor has praised Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who has led the team for nearly two decades and recently received a high British honor. Windsor believes this recognition is well-deserved, especially for securing a key figure for Red Bull.

Windsor credits Horner’s CBE (Commander of the British Empire) to his leadership in transforming Red Bull into the dominant force it is today in Formula 1. “His clear vision for what it takes to assemble a Formula 1 team and make it a winner is impressive,” Windsor stated in his YouTube live stream.

Windsor highlights Horner’s most crucial act for Red Bull as the acquisition of engineer Adrian Newey. “From day one, when he (Horner) accepted the job at Red Bull, he knew he needed Adrian Newey. He convinced Dietrich Mateschitz (co-founder of Red Bull) that they had to have Adrian, and Dietrich trusted Christian, allowing them to bring Adrian to Red Bull.”

The F1 analyst finds it particularly remarkable that Horner has managed to keep Newey at Red Bull for so long. “Ron (Dennis, former McLaren CEO) and Frank Williams (former Williams team principal) couldn’t keep Adrian Newey, but Christian has kept him all these years. Max wouldn’t have the career he has now, and Red Bull wouldn’t have Adrian, if it weren’t for Christian Horner. Whether this makes Christian a superstar at the same level as Max Verstappen, I’ll leave to others.”

Christian Horner: The Unsung Hero Behind Red Bull’s Formula 1 Success and CBE

While Windsor stops short of calling Horner an F1 superstar, he acknowledges the British team boss’s essential role in Red Bull’s success. “Bringing together and sustaining the ingredients for success at Red Bull is where Christian has done a fantastic job, earning his CBE.” Windsor also notes that Horner now shares the same honor as his childhood hero and British former driver Nigel Mansell. According to the analyst, Horner has always been a big fan of Mansell’s driving style. Windsor also observes that Verstappen, Horner’s current star driver, displays similar driving skills to Mansell.

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