Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks the energy drinks manufacturer has done more to develop motorsport, including Formula 1, than even the world's largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The energy drinks firm has a rich tradition in motorsport that dates back to the late 80s when the company began sponsoring racing drivers with Gerhard Berger being one of the first driver backed by company founder Dieter Mateschitz. The company has since expanded its portfolio and now encompasses two F1 teams and sponsors several other drivers and teams across the globe. Horner believes Red Bull's contribution towards motorsport cannot be ignored.
"I don’t think there’s a company that has committed more to the sport, including OEMs, than Red Bull," Horner commented to Autosport.co.uk.
"Red Bull has two Grand Prix teams and a circuit [Red Bull Ring in Austria] and is involved in all the junior categories and all major forms of motorsport around the globe."
With Red Bull set to develop their own powertrains under their latest banner, Red Bull Powertrains limited, the British team principal also highlighted how much of an asset the Red Bull Powertrains is to F1's commercial rights holders Liberty Media.
"We’re tremendously useful to Liberty Media and F1," Horner continued.
"We could gear up to supply other teams if required, as manufacturers tend to come and go. To have an independent engine builder like Red Bull Powertrains is attractive to Liberty."