Christian Horner is the present team boss of the Aston Martin Red Bull team. The Briton has been with the team since their debut in 2005.
Ahead of his career with the Milton-Keynes based outfit, Horner functioned in the world of Formula 3000. He retired from racing at 25, under his own discretion, considering his speed. Horner let himself focus on developing the Arden team, for whom he had prior raced.
Admittedly, Horner was unsuccessful in the racing scene. He recorded the highest position of 6th in 1997 with the Arden team.
After retiring from racing, Horner signed Viktor Maslov and Marc Goossens in the 1999 FIA F3000 season. Arden also competed in Italian F3000 in the year 2000, winning 3 races and finishing second in the Championship.
After parting company with Lukoil, a new driver line-up was named for 2002. Tomáš Enge and Björn Wirdheim took 5 victories and a title for Enge. Arden also won the Team Championship that year, followed by many more.
It wasn’t long before Horner knocked on the doors of Formula One. He entered discussions with Eddie Jordan regarding buying the Jordan Grand Prix; however, those talks fell flat. In 2004, Red Bull purchased the Jaguar F1 Team to become Red Bull Racing.
In January 2005, Horner was appointed to lead the team, effectively recording his name in the history books as the youngest Team Principal. Under him, drivers David Coulthard and Christian Klien finished 4th and 7tj in Australia, scoring 34 points in the season.
He also played a key role in recruiting McLaren technical guru, Adrian Newey. Newey was later announced as the team’s Chief Technical Officer in November 2005.
2006 was a transitional year, and though the car was unreliable, it grabbed a maiden podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix. In utmost happiness, Christian Horner jumped into a swimming pool, one of his most iconic moments to date.
The team ranked 2nd in the 2009 Constructors’ Championship with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. The racers achieved 2nd and 4th position, respectively, in the Drivers’ Championship title race. In addition, they bagged 6 titles altogether.
In 2010, the team won their first Constructors’ Championship with one race to spare. Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers’ Championship title at the last race of the season, becoming the youngest World Champion.
At 36, Horner was the youngest Team Principal to have won a Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship, forging his name in the record books yet again.
In 2011, the team won their second Constructors’ Championship with three races to spare.
Sebastian Vettel became the world’s youngest champion twice. Soon, Vettel grabbed 2 more titles for the Austrian outfit.
Horner holds an honorary rank of an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). He received the award in 2013.
The Red Bull Team Principal reportedly holds a net worth of $50 million and brings home a salary of $10 million annually.
On the account of philanthropy, Christian Horner presently holds the rank of Ambassador in the Wings For Life Foundation.
The primary aim of the foundation is to raise awareness regarding spinal cord injury. In addition, funding the foundation’s crucial research into finding a cure is the other motto.
The current team boss of Red Bull is clearly active on various social media platforms.
He keeps his followers updated on regular intervals with his personal opinions and musings through his profile on Instagram.
|SPOUSE||Beverley Allen (2000- 2014) |
Geri Halliwell (M-2015)
|KIDS||2- Montague George Hector Horner (son), Olivia Horner (daughter) |
Stepfather to Bluebell Madonna
|RESIDENCE||Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England|