“Intention to attract right and the best talent”– Christian Horner’s aspirations, as Red Bull setups its Formula 1 engine project in Milton Keynes.
With Honda leaving Red Bull, the latter was only left with the option of enforcing an engine freeze, in which they were successful after mountainous efforts.
Now, Red Bull will set up its own F1 engine project in state of the art Milton Keynes factory to implement the power unit plan; Christian Horner is in search of the best talent.
“We will be applying exactly the same philosophy that we did to the chassis side,” Horner told Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview. “So the intention, exactly as I did with the chassis, is to make sure we attract the right talent and the best talent.”
Red Bull is constructing a new engine factory, an extension in the already of its Milton Keynes operation. Red Bull team principal feels that the whole setup should be in proximity to each other.
After Ferrari, Red Bull is the only manufacturer to keep its car and engine operations geographically close. “At the end of the day, F1 is still a team sport,” he added.
“It’s a people sport. And that’s one of the fundamental reasons that we’re housing our facility on site within the campus in Milton Keynes. It’s to make sure that there is this seamless integration between powerunit and chassis.”
It’s going to be next level.
With Red Bull taking over the engine operations while handling the car manufacturing, horner feels that it is going to be a bit overwhelming, but he is excited.
“It’s tremendously exciting,” he said. “Obviously with the engine freeze, it was important as a safeguard for what will effectively be an interim period. But for the new engine, whenever that comes, potentially 2025, we’re obviously building up a structure.
“We’re going to inherit some great people and talent from Honda, but we are absolutely committed to getting the right people in the right roles in an efficient manner that integrates fully with the chassis side of the business.”