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Christian Horner

Horner explains how Red Bull will be just like Ferrari from 2022

Christian Horner has said that Red Bull will be run with the same ethos as Ferrari from 2022.

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Christian Horner has said that Red Bull will join Ferrari in being fully self-sufficient from a single base of operations next season.

Red Bull Powertrains, a division of the Red Bull F1 team, come into operation in 2022 as they take on the intellectual property of outgoing engine partner Honda.

Construction of the buildings that will house the engine division is underway at Red Bull's campus in Milton Keynes in the UK, and Horner explained that, when completed, Red Bull will operate in the same way as Ferrari.

Ferrari are the only other team to work from a single point of operation, based in Maranello in Italy. Their chassis and engines are built in-house, both from the same campus.

By contrast, Mercedes' power units are built by a Daimler-owned company, Mercedes High Performance Powertrains, based out of Brixworth in the UK, while the F1 team are located in Brackley. Alpine's factory is located in Enstone in the UK, with engines developed at Renault's Viry-Chatillon facility in France.

Horner explained that the building of the Red Bull Powertrains facility is on schedule.

"What used to be an old warehouse is having a minor upgrade!" Horner joked to Channel 4.

"It's going to be the home to the engine facility. We're in week 25 and it's got to be ready for April next year.

"It's incredible how quickly it's changing. We've got the dynos arriving in October. They come and get lifted in on a crane.

"We're recruiting aggressively at the moment. We're bringing in some great talent and to be doing this in the UK is really exciting.

"Using the hub that we have here, and the synergies that we'll get with the chassis side, we're the only team in Formula 1, other than Ferrari, to have the whole lot on one site."

Horner explained that the engines will be the first true 'British' units to be built on home soil for many years.

"You've got to go right back to Cosworth or Ilmor, before that," he commented.

"In terms of a team, building and manufacturing cars and engines, you've got to go back to the likes of BRM.

"It's fantastic that Red Bull have made this commitment to the sport, they've made this commitment to the UK, and the talent that's within the UK. We're just grateful for the quality of people that we're attracting to this project."

With the headache of finding a new power unit supplier removed by taking control of the Honda design, and bringing the development work in-house, Horner said that it's the next logical step for Red Bull, which will also supply AlphaTauri with engines.

"We're taking control of our own destiny," he explained.

"Of course, it's more responsibility, it's more work. But if you apply the same basics to making chassis as engines, it's about the right people, the right equipment, the right approach and philosophy.

"We've demonstrated we can do it on the chassis side. A lot of people have written us off on the engine side already. 'How could an energy drink [company] make a competitive engine?' But that's that's all the motivation we need to say, 'Yeah, we can'. Time will tell."

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