Christian Horner was a pilot with something of a name in the late 90’s, and his career would have gone without penalty or glory by the world of motorsport had it not been for a decision that was confirmed on a day like this, January 7, 2005: appointed head track of the designs of Red Bull Racing.
, by then, sympathetic team that had been born from the embers still hot from Jaguar (which had come out of Stewart, etc) placed this british as a team leader, having successfully lead the team Arden in F3000 in the last few seasons of this competition before being replaced by GP2.
#OnThisDay in 2005, @redbullracing appointed Christian Horner as sporting director #F1 pic.twitter.com/mqR5b86Mkv
— Red Bull Motorsports (@redbullmotors) January 7, 2016
From then until today, the same Horner recalled in a recent interview (in which they commemorated the 200 GP’s Red Bull) on the day we visited the factory in Milton Keynes to sign as the Team Principal. Only had 32 years:
“it Was interesting, because the team was in the midst of its change from Jaguar, so the carpets were all green, the symbols of Jaguar were everywhere and it was very Jaguar yet, just with a different name. But rapidly we were able to identify that there was real talent there. Then of course the spirit of Red Bull and the energy was introduced with the team and with it the belief that everything is possible. I think what we’ve clearly shown”
From the 7 January 2005 until today, Red Bull went from being a candidate for the podiums sporadically (the first came in the Monaco GP of 2006), to be the great ‘coconut’ championship, and later, to a side of luxury with the dominance of the Mercedes. In 203 races have achieved four world titles pilots, four other builders, 50 wins, 57 pole positions, 47 fastest laps, 119 podiums and 16 doublets.
¿Substitute of Ecclestone in the future?
a Good part of these numbers has its share of responsibility in the figure of Christian Horner, who many have been placed as a possible successor to Bernie Ecclestone. Among its virtues, Horner was considered a man’s cabal, who always look for common interests before their own and that is able to make difficult decisions. Proof of this is its management of the rivalry between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, where, despite the fact that the australian was always systematically harmed, were the successes of the best time of Red Bull.
Also hers has been the responsibility of knowing save the agreement of engines with Renault, despite the many criticisms that he and many other members of the team have made in recent times to the French rider. Horner has used its best weapons of negotiation to get ‘in extremis’ an agreement, which is yet to see if it is beneficial after a season in which they have been left out of the fight for the victories, overcome not only by Mercedes but also Ferrari.