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Red Bull poach another Mercedes senior engineer

RacingNews365.com understands that another senior figure from Mercedes will be joining Red Bull Powertrains.

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Since the formation of Red Bull Powertrains, Red Bull have signed multiple Mercedes engineers for their growing operation. RacingNews365.com understands that Mercedes engineering chief, Owen Jones, is the latest recruitment to be joining Red Bull.

Jones worked closely at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains with Andy Cowell, who was responsible for the hugely impressive Mercedes V6 turbo-hybrid engines and decided to walk away from Formula 1 in 2020.

The specific role that Jones will hold at Red Bull is yet to be confirmed. Mercedes said that Jones has been on a path to retirement from Mercedes HPP for some time.

It marks another key signing for Red Bull, who have also hired Ben Hodgkinson, Head of Mechanical Engineering at Mercedes HPP, to become Technical Director at Red Bull's equivalent department.

RacingNews365.com recently spoke exclusively to Red Bull's Helmut Marko and Honda's Masashi Yamamoto about how Red Bull Powertrains will work from next year, with the Japanese manufacturer set to bow out of the sport at the end of the 2021 season.

Red Bull will take on the running of Honda's power units from January 2022 when F1 introduces a freeze on power unit development for three years.

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