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Christian Horner says Porsche was 'ahead' over contract, collapse won't hurt Red Bull

Porsche has confirmed that its contract with Red Bull fell apart ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. Red Bull boss Christian Horner has frequently stated that the team wants to remain independent, insisting it can compete with its rivals in the new powertrain division.

Last updated: 15/09/22 8:59pm


Team principal Christian Horner says Red Bull will not be at a disadvantage to its F1 rivals without Porsche as a partner, after negotiations with the German sports car have concluded.

The two companies have been talking about a partnership for months, but championship leader Red Bull is determined to remain independent, and Porsche announced last week that the deal had fallen apart.

Horner told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix that leaked details of the deal suggested Porsche “was a little bit ahead of them”, with no binding commitments signed so far. He said it wasn’t.

“Of course, as we’ve been down this road, we’ve had some talks with Porsche along the way – they’re a phenomenal company and a great brand,” Horner explained to Sky Sports F1. It just didn’t feel right for the places we were going and the journeys we were on.”

Christian Horner has admitted he wanted Max Verstappen to win the race under normal racing rules, not behind the safety car.

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Christian Horner has admitted he wanted Max Verstappen to win the race under normal racing rules, not behind the safety car.

Christian Horner has admitted he wanted Max Verstappen to win the race under normal racing rules, not behind the safety car.

“We are basically a race team and that allows us to make quick decisions and react very quickly. I think you’ve seen it.”

“This is an important aspect of protecting what we have and how we operate, and it has proven reasonably successful.”

Red Bull has set up its own powertrain company in Milton Keynes in central England and employs over 300 people, with more recruits coming soon.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner reflects on his memories of meeting the late Queen.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner reflects on his memories of meeting the late Queen.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner reflects on his memories of meeting the late Queen.

The facility will eventually be able to supply power units to up to four teams, but initially only Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri when the new engine rules for 2026 were introduced.

“Our strategy of having the engine and chassis all under one roof on one campus has not changed at all,” said Horner. “This was not dependent on the involvement of investors, manufacturers or his OEMs.”

Red Bull won four constructors’ and drivers’ titles in a row with Renault engines between 2010 and 2013 and now has engines assembled in Japan under an extended contract with former partner Honda. using.

They dominate both championships and Max Verstappen has won 11 of 16 races so far and is chasing his second drivers’ title.

The best action of the 2022 Italian Grand Prix from Monza.

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The best action of the 2022 Italian Grand Prix from Monza.

The best action of the 2022 Italian Grand Prix from Monza.

Other engine makers are Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and, from 2026, Volkswagen subsidiary Audi.

Asked what Red Bull wanted from Porsche, Horner said: “What could they possibly bring to the party that we didn’t have access to?

“After doing our due diligence, we actually felt we were in good shape. We don’t feel any real disadvantage to our competitors because of the hiring we’ve done technically,” he added.

“We are in a position to hire and invest in facilities to do all aspects of the power unit.

“We are moving forward. We are not dependent or dependent on any other potential partnership.”

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