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Christian Horner

Horner: Wolff and I are the last 'dinosaur' Team Principals

The Red Bull Team Principal became the longest-serving in Formula 1 at the start of the year and reflects on his 18 years at the helm.

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Christian Horner believes him and Toto Wolff are the last 'dinosaur' Team Principals in Formula 1, after noticing a change in personalities in the paddock.

The Red Bull Team Principal is now the longest-serving in F1 having started out in 2005 when the team joined the grid, having been appointed to the role 18 years ago in January earlier this year.

Reflecting on his time in the championship, Horner told the ESPN Unlapped podcast: “When I first came into the sport, there was Ron Dennis, there was Flavio Briatore, there was Eddie Jordan, there was Jean Todt.

"There was Bernie Ecclestone running it, there was Max Mosley there, Frank Williams – some really big characters and personalities.

"Of course now you look around the room, maybe it’s just me getting older, but there’s more managers there and it’s gotten much more technical than the entrepreneurial side."

Team Principal dynamic has changed

Horner adds that he feels the role of the Team Principal in F1 has changed since he first joined, with it now being more focused on the technical and regulatory side.

“So I suppose Toto [Wolff] and myself are perhaps two of the more ‘dinosaur’ type of characters compared to some," he said.

"Even though I’m still on the younger side of the Team Principals, but the dynamic and the definition of what a Team Principal is these days is very different to when I first came into this post.”

"I think that many of them are now morphing from technical backgrounds, where they're very focused on technical and perhaps towards the regulations, rather than actually thinking about the business and the bigger picture."

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