Horner Outlines Red Bull’s Ambition to Emulate Ferrari’s F1 Legacy

Published 09/13/2021, 10:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Since the inception of Formula One in 1950, Ferrari has been part of every season of the motor sport. Over the years, they have carved a reputation which other teams can only envy. They compete in the sport on their own. Right from the power unit to the design of the car, the team do it all. In fact, they also supply power units to Haas and Alfa Romeo.

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On the other hand, there’s Red Bull. The energy drink outfit, based in Milton Keynes in England, have Honda as their engine suppliers. However, the Japanese manufacturer will leave the sport after this season, leaving Red Bull to create the entire car by themselves.

In a recent interview, team principal Christian Horner spoke about the challenge this possesses. He also mentioned Ferrari as a reference point to headline their future ambitions.

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Christian Horner references Ferrari to outline future ambitions

Honda’s exit from F1 means Red Bull will manufacture power units just like Ferrari do. Speaking about the future, Horner mentions how being the only team along with the Italian outfit to make the entire car in one facility makes the project challenging. In addition, he mentions naysayers downplaying their chances of success as a factor of motivation.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

He said“For Red Bull, becoming an engine manufacturer, following the history of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, is a very ambitious and courageous project. We will be the only ones, together with the Maranello team, to build chassis and power units under one roof.

“All of them, they say we have no chance of success, but this charges us even more. It’s really a Red Bull-style challenge.” (Quote translated from Google)

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Since using Honda engines in 2019, the Austrian outfit enjoyed reasonable success. In fact, this season represents Red Bull’s best chance to win a world title for the first time in seven years. Although they trail Mercedes in the constructor’s championship, Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s championship.

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With eight races to go, the title fight looks set to go down to the wire. Although the next race in Russia looks more suited to Mercedes, expect Red Bull to give a tough fight.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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