Red Bull Powertrains have announced the appointment of former Mercedes head of engineering Ben Hodgkinson as technical director.
Hodgkinson joins at a key time for the company as the Milton Keynes outfit prepare to develop their inaugural power unit ahead of the new F1 regulations set out for 2025. Ben spent several years developing WRC and turbo charged Le Mans engines before joining Ilmor Racing Engines, now known as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, where he spent the last two decades.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Red Bull Powertrains as Technical Director," Hodgkinson stated in a Red Bull press release. "It was not easy to make the decision to leave HPP after almost 20 years but the opportunity to take on such a far-reaching and important project is a great honour.
"Red Bull is a serious player in Formula One and have been our biggest rival in the hybrid era, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in this new phase of the company’s journey.”
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Team principal Christian Horner believes the appointment shows Red Bull's commitment to making this highly ambitious project a successful one.
“We are delighted to welcome Ben to Red Bull Powertrains as Technical Director," Horner stated in a press release. "He comes to this hugely exciting project as a proven race winner and as an innovator capable of leading a like-minded team of highly skilled engineers.
"When Red Bull announced the creation of Red Bull Powertrains it was also announcing a new phase of the company’s ambition in Formula One – to bring every aspect of car design in-house and to put our destiny in our own hands. The ultimate expression of that is the development of a Red Bull power unit to meet the next generation of Formula One engine regulations.
"Ben’s appointment signals our long-term intent and we will support him and his team with every available resource required in order to succeed.”