Christian Horner outlines plans for his future in Formula 1

Jon Wilde
Christian Horner arriving at the track. Monaco, May 2022.

Red Bull's Christian Horner arrives at the track for the Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco, May 2022.

Christian Horner says he has no immediate plans to seek another role in Formula 1 away from being team principal of Red Bull.

The 48-year-old Briton is among the most recognisable personalities in the sport outside of the drivers, a ubiquitous figure on TV coverage in particular.

In charge of the Red Bull team since 2005 after the energy drink giant took over Jaguar F1, Horner is now in his 18th season and has led the Milton Keynes squad back to the top again following their dominant spell of four consecutive World Championships between 2010 and 2013.

With Stefano Domenicali having gone from being Ferrari team principal to Formula 1 CEO, admittedly with a gap of nearly seven years and a job at Lamborghini in between, it has been suggested Horner or his Mercedes arch-rival Toto Wolff could follow a similar career path at some point.

But Horner, whose Red Bull team hold a 118-point lead over Ferrari in this year’s Constructors’ Championship and driver Max Verstappen a 93-point advantage in the Drivers’ standings, is not looking at such a move in the “foreseeable future”.

“I’m still massively motivated by what I do,” said Horner during an interview with Tatler.

“I’m still relatively young. I’m the youngest team principal in the sport at the moment and I’ve still got a burning competitiveness within me. So I want to fulfil that first.

“I think you can never say never, but for the foreseeable future I’m very much focused on what I’m doing with Red Bull.

“I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do because I love it. But it’s like anything you do – you just try to do it as well as you can.”

Horner also touched upon ‘Drive to Survive’, in which he featured prominently during the first four series – his fractious relationships with Wolff and former Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul being a focus of attention.

Also having been filmed at home with his former Spice Girl wife Geri and their family, Horner has previously been quoted as saying ‘Drive to Survive’ is “bringing in a lot of young girls [to F1] because of all these great-looking young drivers”.

He said in the Tatler interview: “It’s bringing a younger demographic of audience to F1 with many, many more female viewers as well.

“But it’s also bringing a side of sport that’s a little polarising, which you see in football or other sports.”