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Horner opens up about Porsche deal: 'We value our independence'

Christian Horner has shed some light on the breakdown in partnership talks between Red Bull and Porsche.

Christian Horner has provided an insight into Red Bull's conversations with Porsche, and why an agreement wasn't reached. For large parts of the season, Red Bull were heavily linked with a collaboration with Porsche, where technical expertise would be added to Red Bull Powertrains. However, talks were confirmed to have ended earlier this month. Speaking about the breakdown in talks, Red Bull Team Principal Horner commented that the team believed the deal would've hampered their 'independence'. "In the end, it was not a good deal," Horner told media, including RacingNews365 . "Nothing was signed and there was no agreement. I'm not going to go into the details of what was said in the talks, but one of the strongest points of our team has always been independence." "I think Porsche is a great company and a great brand. Of course then it was a good plan to engage in conversation and explore the possibilities with them. But in the end it was not a good part from a strategic point of view."

Horner: Independence means less bureaucracy

Horner added that the less-reactive nature of car manufacturers may have ultimately hindered Red Bull, had a deal been pushed through. "Big organisations have significant planning and I think that meant they were ahead of the game," Horner continued. "But as I said before: there was never a binding thing. Nothing has been signed by both parties." "One of our core values is independence and being able to make decisions quickly. With this, we have less bureaucracy. "We are also a race team, fundamentally, so we make quick and effective decisions. As a race team, you react very quickly to everything. "Manufacturers are a bit less autonomous in their decision-making. That's an important thing: we want to protect what we have. How we operate, that has proved successful."

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