Christian Horner OBE

TEAM PRINCIPAL

Nationality  English
Hometown  Leamington Spa, UK
Date of birth  16/Nov/1973

POWER TO THE PEOPLE 

Formula One is a fast-moving sport – in every aspect. Not just in the micro-seconds that teams pursue in the quest for on-track superiority but also off-track, in the battle to build and maintain the best squad, to best exploit the potential that lies within that team and to direct that effort towards success.

For more than a decade that task has fallen to Team Principal Christian Horner and during that time he has made it his goal to carefully assemble a team of…

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About Christian

POWER TO THE PEOPLE 

Formula One is a fast-moving sport – in every aspect. Not just in the micro-seconds that teams pursue in the quest for on-track superiority but also off-track, in the battle to build and maintain the best squad, to best exploit the potential that lies within that team and to direct that effort towards success.

For more than a decade that task has fallen to Team Principal Christian Horner and during that time he has made it his goal to carefully assemble a team of like-minded, hard-working and passionately committed designers, engineers, fabricators, mechanics, and racers to take what, in 2005, was a struggling mid-ranking F1 outfit to the top of the sport.

For Horner, the process is deceptively simple. "It's all about empowerment," he insists. "You hire people you think are the very best at what they do and you have to trust them to do that job to the best of their ability. If people are invested in what they do, in their contribution to building something then the rewards will come."

The Team Principal's belief in people power harks all the way back to his earliest days in motorsport – as a driver. In a promising junior series career that took him through stints in Formula Renault, British F3 and Formula Two, the future team boss learned that each cog in the racing machine, from driver to race engineer to mechanic, is an integral part of any success.

It was a lesson learned in even greater depth when he stepped up to the International FIA F3000 series. There he not only raced, but did so for his own team, Arden International. And it was there, after stepping back from driving to concentrate on running the team that his belief in the power of putting the right people in the right place and giving them the freedom to deliver their best snapped into focus.

Over the next six seasons, Horner built Arden into a racing powerhouse, with the young team owner guiding his squad to three Drivers' and Team Championships in succession. It was a remarkable record that brought him to the attention of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, and when the drinks company took the radical step of setting up its own Formula One team for the 2005 season, it turned to Horner to run the operation.

Risky as the move seemed, the first-time F1 team principal grabbed the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the junior formulae and Horner set about reinvigorating each department of the struggling team he had inherited.

The recruitment of Adrian Newey as Chief Technical Officer was the most obvious coup, but the policy of placing the right people in the right positions was applied across the team, and over the course of four seasons the team began to coalesce into a force capable of challenging for major honours.

The first came in 2009, with the team taking its first win, and it's first 1-2 victory, at the Chinese Grand Prix. From there the floodgates opened. Six wins and second place in the Constructors' Championship in 2009 became nine victories and Team and Drivers' title winners in 2010. Three more double crowns followed over the next three campaigns, putting the team in an exclusive club of just three teams to take four or more constructors' titles consecutively.

The 2014 season, however, began a period of transition for the team as the sport underwent the most radical set of technical regulation changes seen for decades.

The shift to 1.6-litre, turbocharged hybrid power units put the team at a power disadvantage, but despite the difficulties the 2014 season was enlivened by another new arrival – Daniel Ricciardo.

The young Perth native was drafted in to replace fellow Aussie Mark Webber, who left the team for a tilt at the World Endurance Championship, and Ricciardo was an immediate sensation, running at the front of the pack from the very start of the season. In all, he took three victories in his first season with the team.

The campaign was less successful for Sebastian Vettel and as the season drew to a close the German announced his departure from the team. Christian wasted no time in announcing the four-time champion's successor – another highly regarded product of the Red Bull Junior Programme, Russian racer Daniil Kvyat.

The team's power struggles continued in 2015 but the determined Kvyat provided the season's high point, taking his first podium finish with second place at the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of third-placed team-mate Ricciardo. Daniel added another in Singapore and put a late-season gloss on a difficult year.

The new era continues in 2016 as Christian continues to map out the next phase of the team's racing career, beginning with the move to an exciting new power unit supply model, the consolidation the team's racing package and preparing for further change in the fastest moving sport on the planet.

Career Highlights

2015 Infiniti Red Bull Racing finished fourth in the constructor's championship, with 187 points

2014 Infiniti Red Bull Racing finishes second in the Constructors' Championship, taking three wins and 12 podium positions.

2013 Leads Infiniti Red Bull Racing to its fourth Drivers' and Constructors' titles in succession, with 13 victories, 11 other podium finishes and 11 pole positions

2012 Leads Red Bull Racing to third consecutive Constructors' and Drivers' Championship wins with seven race victories, eight pole positions and 14 podium finishes overall

2011 Guides the team as it successfully defends both its titles with 12 wins, 18 pole positions, and 27 podiums 

2010 Leads the team to its first Constructors' and Drivers' titles after just six seasons on the grid 

2009 Presides over the team's first victory and first 1-2 finish at the Chinese Grand Prix and leads Red Bull Racing to second in the Constructors' Championship

2006 Sees the team land its first podium with third for David Coulthard at the Monaco Grand Prix

2005 Appointed Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, the team ends the season in seventh place with 34 points

2004 Arden win the FIA F3000 Team and Drivers' title with Vitantonio Liuzzi

2003 Arden win the FIA F3000 Team and Drivers' Championship with Björn Wirdheim

2002 Arden win FIA F3000 Team and Drivers' Championship with Tomas Enge. (Unfortunately Enge's title was later rescinded)

2000 Arden win Euro F3000 team title

1997 Formed Arden International F3000 team, retired from race driving

1994-6 British F3 1993 Second in the British F3 National Class with five wins

1992 Formula Renault

1991 Formula Renault Scholarship

1990 Third in British Karting Championship 

Competition Debut: Karting at the age of 12

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