F1: Red Bull re-sign Horner

Christian Horner will remain as Red Bull’s Formula 1 team principal until at least 2026 after signing a contract extension.

Speaking on ServusTV in a joint interview alongside Verstappen, Dr. Helmut Marko said the partnership he has stuck up with Horner “works really well”, and that Red Bull had moved to extend his contract even before driver Max Verstappen’s.

“Christian is the team principal, he is in the public eye, and I am more in the background,” Marko said.

“But we coordinate things quite well, we set the direction of the team, and also of our staff. In political issues, we usually speak the same language, and I believe our success proves us right.

“[Red Bull owner] Dietrich Mateschitz said, ‘Christian who?’ in the beginning, as Christian had zero experience in Formula 1. But I already knew him from Formula 3000 and other junior categories, and I knew about his ambitions and skills. Now that has developed into something great.

“He is a charismatic team boss who, by the way – even before you [Verstappen] – was in the process of extending his contract until 2026.

“Within the whole team, or at least the top positions, we want to have stability for the transition years coming up, when the new engine regulations come in and when the new chassis regulations come in so that we have a solid team for that.”