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Christian Horner

Horner explains Red Bull cost cap staff risk amid tech chief exit

With the departure of top engineer Rob Marshall to McLaren recently announced, Red Bull boss Christian Horner acknowledges that retaining staff under the budget cap can be a challenge.

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Christian Horner says that the cost cap has made it more challenging for Formula 1 teams to retain staff, following the recent announcement of Rob Marshall's exit from Red Bull.

It was confirmed in May that Marshall – a key member of the Milton Keynes squad's 'inner circle' since 2006 – will join McLaren as Technical Director, Engineering and Design in January 2024.

When asked if the budget cap was making it harder for Red Bull to keep their staff, Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Of course it does.

"You can't carry anybody within the team, and I think that everybody has to warrant their place within the camp.

"Rob was focused on other projects in recent years, and the offer that McLaren made is probably half their cap!

"So you can't blame him for wanting to go and do that."

Impact of cost cap on staff

Quizzed further by RacingNews365.com on whether the movement of technical staff amongst teams could result in a 'salary spiral', Horner explained: "You have to make sure it's not a race to the bottom.

"The problem is that you have long-standing personnel that have contributed a significant amount, that you don't want to see forced out of their roles because of the cap.

"Just because you can justify 10 youngsters versus an experienced [person], and that's the constant bait that you have.

"We've had redundancies through the cap. Jayne Poole [former COO, now working as a special advisor for Mercedes] was one of those as well. She was a redundancy that we made because we couldn't justify the role within the cap."


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