Christian Horner OBE

TEAM PRINCIPAL

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

From the outside, success in Formula One appears to be the preserve of a tiny number of people – two drivers, a pit wall of senior personnel and a small crew of dedicated engineers and mechanics in the garage.

Nothing could be further from the truth, however, and grand prix racing relies on a vastly larger group effort involving hundreds of team members back at the team's base, as well as the support of a host of hard-working partners and suppliers all of whom feed into the achievements…

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About Christian

From the outside, success in Formula One appears to be the preserve of a tiny number of people – two drivers, a pit wall of senior personnel and a small crew of dedicated engineers and mechanics in the garage.

Nothing could be further from the truth, however, and grand prix racing relies on a vastly larger group effort involving hundreds of team members back at the team's base, as well as the support of a host of hard-working partners and suppliers all of whom feed into the achievements reached at the track. If there is an analogy it is simply that the race team is simply the razor-sharp tip of a very long spear.

Tasked with keeping that spear aimed on target is Team Principal Christian Horner OBE, who since the foundation of the team in 2005 has made it his goal to carefully assemble and marshal a team of like-minded, passionately committed racing experts in pursuit of grand prix glory.

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."

Christian's path to the top rung of the Formula One management ladder began on the other side of the pit wall, as a driver desperate to race at the highest levels. After stints in Formula Renault, British F3 and Formula Two, he realised his true skills lay not behind the wheel but at the tiller of a team itself and over the coming years he would build his own Arden International race team into a junior motorsport powerhouse.

He guided the squad to three consecutive Drivers' and Team Championships, a record remarkable enough to bring 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.

Over the next four seasons, Horner worked assiduously to assemble a team capable of challenging for major honours. 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 by the start of the 2009 campaign the team was ideally placed to make a serious challenge.

The team took its first win, and it's first 1-2 victory, at the Chinese Grand Prix in 2009. 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 introduced hybrid, turbocharged 1.6 litre power units. The shift put the team at a distinct power disadvantage and over the next three seasons success came intermittently.

It was, once again, a time to rebuild and reinforce and personnel changes were matched by a reinvigoration of the driver line-up, with Australian hot shoe Daniel Ricciardo joining the team in 2014 and Dutch racing wunderkind Max Verstappen being drafted into the squad last season.

The mix of focused continuity and fresh blood worked to boost the team back to front-running status in 2016 and last year the team finished as Constructors' Championship runners up thanks to Verstappen's first career win (on his first race weekend with the team) and Ricciardo's superb fourth career grand prix victory, at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The 2017 season offers more opportunities. The largest regulations changes since the introduction of hybrid power are putting the emphasis firmly back on chassis and aerodynamics – traditionally the team's forte. It's a hugely exciting period in Formula One and one the team, with Christian at its head, is more than ready for.

Career Highlights

2016 Red Bull Racing finished 2nd in the constructor's championship, with 468 points.

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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