Grand Prix Flashback

On this day in 2005, Red Bull Racing confirmed Christian Horner as their Team Principal

indian_gp5-afp_1359621333_1359621340_540x540Christian Edward Johnston Horner the Team Principal of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team, successively he maintained this role since 2005.

The shocking news spread-out in the Formula 1 world on this day, 8th January 2005, when Red Bull Racing confirmed they had dismissed Tony Purnell and David Pitchforth and appointed relatively unknown name of Christian Horner in as new Team Principal.

That move maid Horner the youngest Principal in the Formula One, as he stepped up to the role aged 31.

Horner’s career in motorsport started after winning the prestigious Formula Renault scholarship in 1991. He competed in the 1992 British Formula Renault Championship with Manor Motorsport, finishing that season as a race winner and the highest placed rookie.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - RaceHe then moved up to British Formula Three, finishing second in the Class B Championship winning 8 races before moving to the Fortec and ADR team in 1995, and then to the TOM’S team in 1996. In 1996 he also raced in British Formula Two.

Horner moved up to Formula 3000 in 1997, founding the Arden team.[2] He stayed in F3000 for 1998 and was joined at Arden by Kurt Mollekens. He retired from driving at the end of the season to focus on developing the Arden team.

In a promising junior series career that took him through stints in Formula Renault, British F3 and the FIA F3000 series, the future team boss gained invaluable first-hand experience of just what it takes to make a successful racer – with raw talent being only part of the package.

141015639KR068_Bahrain_F1_GHorner realised 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 retiring from driving to concentrate on running the team, that his belief in the power of putting the right people in the right place snapped into focus.

Over the next six seasons Horner built Arden into a racing powerhouse, with the young team owner guiding the team to three Drivers’ and Team Championships in succession. It was a remarkable record that brought Horner 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.

STATISTICS – CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2013 –  Another successive season, Red Bull Racing took fourth consecutive Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship wins with 13 race victories, 11 pole positions and 24 podium finishes overall

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
Credit: Wiki and Red Bull

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