Christian Horner has described how it was "hugely flattering" to previously be in the mix for the Ferrari Team Principal role.
In an interview with Auto Motor Und Sport, the Red Bull team boss says how he was not tempted to take the job despite the team previously approaching him as a potential team boss.
"It's hugely flattering to have been asked by Ferrari, but they're a great team and I'm sure they'll be very competitive," said Horner.
Would there be an opportunity for Binotto to join Red Bull? While Horner dismisses this possibility, he said there could be other opportunities on the grid for the Italian engineer.
“I don’t see what role he would perform [at Red Bull],” said Horner. “Obviously it was tough for him last year with Ferrari because they did make a big step forward, but maybe there are other opportunities for him further down the grid.”
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Horner: I feel a loyalty to Red Bull
Horner is the longest-serving team principal at one team on the grid, having been at the helm of Red Bull since 2005.
In those 18 years he led the team to five Constructors' Championships, six Drivers' Championships, and 92 race victories. Now he looks set to lead them into a new era with Ford, after announcing them as an power unit partner for 2026.
Horner's sense of loyalty to the team is the reason why he has not been tempted to go anywhere else on the grid.
He added: "I've been here since the very beginning, I feel very much responsible for the team. It's a great group of people that I work with and I think that I've never been tempted away.
"I feel a loyalty to Red Bull, and when you work in such a big team why would you want to be anywhere else?"
Horner's strengths include leading the team to success through various regulation changes and keeping a stable team onboard, including Adrian Newey.
"We have a very stable workforce here and everyone knows what their job and role is, and that for me is hugely important and part of what we have delivered over the years," he explained.
"When you look around and see senior positions within the team are largely unchanged for a period of time."
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