Horner Takes a Dig at Wolff As He Rules Out a Succession Plan for Red Bull’s Marko & Mateschitz

Published 07/17/2021, 5:47 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Dietrich Mateschitz and Dr. Helmut Marko play a key role in Red Bull and their success in Formula One. Given their age, many expect them to step away from the sport sooner rather than later. However, Team Principal Christian Horner thinks they are motivated and will be around a little bit longer.

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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit currently leads both the drivers’ championship, thanks to Max Verstappen, and the constructors’ championship. With the great leadership instilled in Mateschitz and Marko, they know they bring success back to the Raging Bulls.

Horner feels that Marko and Mateschitz will be part of Red Bull for years to come

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At the press conference at the British Grand Prix, Horner was asked whether they have a succession plan in place for their leaders. He said, “No absolutely not. I think they’re in good shape, I think the mountain air, you know, you wouldn’t believe Toto is 65!

“So, you know they’re in good shape, they’re still massively motivated about Formula One. The commitment that is being shown from Red Bull group to Formula One with two Grand Prix teams, the Austrian Grand Prix, obviously the Styrian Grand Prix this year. And now the enormous investment, that some would call fully hearty, to take on producing our own engines.

But that’s Red Bull – to take on what would be perceived as the impossible, and become an independent engine manufacturer.”

“You know without Dietrich, without you know Helmut’s drive, and it’s great they got that vision and that enthusiasm, still for Formula One,” Horner concluded.

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Can Verstappen deliver this weekend at Silverstone?

The Dutchman must certainly be disappointed to not get pole position in today’s sprint qualifying race, as he was beaten by Lewis Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

However, all hope is not lost, as he finds himself in P2. Verstappen will surely attack the Mercedes driver once the lights go out this Saturday, and try to grab three points that are on offer at the sprint session in Silverstone.

Furthermore, a win in the sprint race will see him start from pole in Sunday’s main race. The Red Bull prodigy will aim for a win for himself and his Milton-Keynes-based colleagues.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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