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Horner coy on potential of Red Bull takeover

Christian Horner says he is focused on ensuring Red Bull Racing continues to race in 2016, playing down the suggestion he could personally step in
Christian Horner maintains his priority at the moment is to ensure Red Bull Racing secures a competitive engine for the 2016 Formula 1 season rather than entertain the thought of taking over the team himself.

As it stands, the four-time title winning outfit is yet to officially commit beyond 2015, with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz making repeated threats to quit F1 if the team cannot be competitive and challenge for wins.

With talks over a potential engine supply continuing on, with the latest speculation linking the team to a Honda deal, should Red Bull exit the sport as a brand, alternative solutions without Red Bull's backing have been mooted

Indeed, having enjoyed success as the team principal of the Arden team in junior formulae, Horner was asked whether he would consider stepping in to save the team himself – much like Peter Sauber did when BMW left the sport -, but he insists his personal target remains convincing Red Bull to stay in its current guise.

“When you look at what Red Bull's achieved in that period of time (200 races), 25 per cent of those races have been won, more than 100 podiums, four drivers', four constructors' world championships. It's been a tremendously successful period for Red Bull.

“My objective is very clear: it's to keep the current status quo running for the foreseeable future. Ultimately the final decision lies with Dietrich but he is an utmost fan of the sport, otherwise he would never have committed the kind of funds that are required to be competitive in Formula One. He's been involved in Formula One, not just as a team owner for the last ten years but ten years prior to that as an investor in the Sauber team and prior to that as a sponsor.

“He's invested in a lot of young drivers that owe their careers to Red Bull and his vision, and I believe that discussions of other shareholding or change of shareholding... they're not applicable at the moment. The focus is purely on finding a solution to our engine predicament, that we can move forward for next year and the future.”


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mrfill

October 28, 2015 1:18 PM

Ok, let's say for arguments sake he buys the team. And where will he source the engine from? His friends at Renault? Best buddies at Merc? His old mucker Ron and Honda? Or his pals at Ferrari? Is that the distant sound of a gravy train hitting the buffers.....?



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