Exclusive: Christian Horner reveals thoughts about joining rival Formula 1 team

Sam Cooper
Red Bull's Christian Horner

Christian Horner said he could not imagine himself in another team's shirt.

Christian Horner has ruled out ever moving to another Formula 1 team, saying he could not “envisage” putting on a different type of shirt.

The 49-year-old has been in charge of Red Bull since 2005 and is the longest-serving principal currently in the paddock, making it hard to imagine he would ever swap teams.

That is a difficulty shared by Horner who said that he could not “envisage putting on a different type of shirt.”

Christian Horner confirms desire to retire at Red Bull

While some team principals may seem like custodians of the role, Horner has become part of the furniture at Red Bull and as well as overseeing the racing teams, he is also CEO of Red Bull Powertrains and Red Bull Technologies.

Having won five Constructors’ Championships and Six Drivers’ titles, Horner would no doubt be a hot property should he decide to leave Milton Keynes but he has insisted he has no desire to.

“I couldn’t see myself being with another team,” he exclusively told PlanetF1.com. “I feel so involved, obviously, having been there since the beginning. Having built this team and working with such great people like Adrian [Newey] and so many great, great talents that we have throughout the business.

“I couldn’t envisage putting on a different type of shirt. My commitment is absolute that I’ll continue to do it for as long as I feel motivated and capable.”

Horner is already the fourth longest serving team principal in F1 history, 11 years behind Ron Dennis, and despite having been in the sport for 18 years, he has no intention of retiring anytime soon.

“I never tend to look that far into the future,” Horner responds when asked if he has an end date in mind.

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“I enjoy what I do, I’m passionate about what I’m doing, I still have the same energy that I had 20 years ago when I came into this job, I’m still one of the younger team principals in the sport and I’ve got just as much motivation.

“The excitement for me is the next chapters for the team with our powertrains coming online in 2026. Our first track car being produced internally as well, the first ever Red Bull car. So there’s a lot going on within the group, within the business which is really exciting.”

To read our full interview with Horner click here: Christian Horner exclusive – The secrets to F1 success and his Red Bull future