Racing lines: Christian Horner on Red Bull’s F1 2022 battle plan

“The earlier 12 months have been definitely flat out in creating the facility and recruiting the ideal talent,” he says. Many of the new arrivals, such as technological director Ben Hodgkinson, have been poached right from arch-rival Mercedes-AMG Large Functionality Powertrains in Brixworth, just the other aspect of the M1.

Acquiring in a Mercedes or Renault powertrain was never an option for Purple Bull: considerably also quite a few burnt bridges.

“[Finalising] the restrictions was critical and the homologation freeze was essential,” suggests Horner, “plus Honda gave us a tender landing. We have a Honda product working underneath licence, successfully.

“They’ve experienced a positive winter season, as if they were however in the sport. The only difference is we have been billed for it now. Naturally it’s a considerable sum of expense, but fortunately we had such a aggressive 12 months in 2021 that we have brought in a title sponsor [software company Oracle], which is most likely a person of the most important promotions ever in F1. Then other supplementary bargains have introduced in a sizeable total of profits, which has gone straight in direction of the motor charges.”

Now all notice switches to the 2026 powertrain.

New powerhouse

It’s an odd contradiction that while F1 groups are tied to a strict annual value cap, which is $140m (£106.4m) for this second yr of limitation, Pink Bull is ploughing eye-watering sums into its new motor department. For Horner, this is a challenging and but enjoyable time.

“We presently have about 250 individuals employed in Pink Bull Powertrains,” he says. “We anticipate to have a headcount of between 350 and 400 by the stop of this 12 months and we’re on agenda to have our 1st [2026] motor operating prior to the end of the year, much too.”

So what else will Red Bull Powertrains operate on? “Nothing. It is purely F1. We could accommodate a observe car, but this is the 1st facility like this due to the fact Mercedes HPP, set up bespoke to do F1 engines. It’s the following chapter for the crew and business.”