F1: Christian Horner to spy on Mercedes F1 team (Update)

This rumor is downgraded to ‘false’ today.

(GMM) An epic troll carried out by Red Bull boss Christian Horner appears to have hit a snag.

Many observers giggled when it emerged that the Briton had won a more than $5000 bid at an awards show to secure a guided tour of arch rival Mercedes’ Brackley headquarters.

“I’d like to take Adrian (Newey), Pierre Wache, maybe Paul Field, our head of production,” Horner smiled.

“It will be very interesting to see how Mercedes spends its budget.”

Mercedes, however, insist that the “terms and conditions” of the prize may explicitly exclude Horner.

“We haven’t discussed it yet,” he said.

“But to do so, we’d have to waive the terms and conditions under which it (the tour) was offered.

“Always pays to read the small print!”

Indeed, the tour’s terms appear to exclude “employees of other Formula 1 teams”.


February 8, 2022 

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has recently gained access to his arch rival Mercedes F1’s facilities using some cheeky backdoor tactics: bidding on a tour of the Mercedes factory at a charity event. He bid  £4,000 and won.

Speaking to RacingNews365.com, Christian Horner joked about wanting to take “about 20” people with him for the Mercedes F1 factory tour.

“Adrian Newey [Chief Technical Officer], myself, Pierre Waché [Technical Director], and probably Paul Field, our Director of Production,” quips Horner, who will probably receive the most comprehensive walkthrough of the lobby ever known to man.

“It’ll be interesting to go and see how they’re spending their budget cap.”

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing celebrate after the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)