Horner Offers Exciting Update on Red Bull’s Engine Project in a Bid to Take on Mercedes F1

Published 09/17/2021, 2:57 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Red Bull and their engine partnership with Honda will be over at the end of the season. Honda announced its departure from the sport last season. And this decision meant that Red Bull would have to make their own power units under the name of Red Bull Powertrains, and the Red Bull team Principal, Christian Horner, provided an update on the development of the Red Bull Powertrain in his new column.


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It is reported that the Powertrains will provide engines for both the works team and sister team AlphaTauri from the 2022 season onwards.

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Red Bull Powertrains project is gathering pace with every week: Horner

As reported by RedBull.com, the Red Bull team boss stated that the project was coming along nicely. He also mentioned that the construction was on target.

“The Red Bull Powertrains project is gathering pace with every week. The construction is on target and it’s great to see the building really taking shape. All the roofing is going on and the dyno will start arriving next month,” said Horner.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing look on from the pit wall during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2018, in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It’s really coming together and the effort going into it is impressive. We’re attracting some great talent and we also have a strong youth policy to bring in some graduates and students into the program.

“We want to give youth a chance and are looking for candidates who think differently and come from all spectrums and backgrounds. We’ll have a number of scholarships and apprenticeships.

“It really is a great opportunity and seeing the appeal of this project with the caliber of individuals we’re attracting is so exciting.” stated Christian.


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The Red Bull team boss gives his take on the Russian GP

Christian Horner mentioned it would be tough for the team at the Russian Grand Prix. He also stated that Monza and Sochi are Mercedes strongholds, so he’s not expecting much from the weekend.


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SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

“It has been a Mercedes stronghold. For me, Monza and Sochi, I’ve them marked down mentally as Mercedes circuits, so it will be a challenge. We have the grid penalty to take for Max too, but in Sochi, it’s not such a handicap because of the strength of the tow down to turn one.

“I’m looking forward to it and seeing how we get on,” concluded Horner.


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Red Bull will look to take as many points as possible from Sochi. It would also be a good time for Verstappen to take his new engine and come through the field.

Can Red Bull challenge in Sochi? Let us know.



Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.