Christian Horner, the Principal of Red Bull Racing team, has a pulse on the happenings within the new Red Bull Powertrains division that he oversees. This division forms part of the Red Bull Racing team and is based out of Milton Keynes.
In a recent development, Horner spoke of the need for a revisit to the 2026 regulations in an attempt to circumvent the creation of “Frankenstein” cars. His suggestion was to closely review the present equilibrium between the combustion engine and electric power.
This warning did not go unnoticed as Toto Wolff, Mercedes‘ team principal, suggested that Horner‘s concerns were stemming from Red Bull‘s delay in the 2026 development programme. However, Horner countered this argument stating that Red Bull Powertrains (RBPT) has discovered the possible limitations from the new regulations in advance due to their superiority over some of the rivals.
He went on to comment, “I’m not sure how closely Toto relates with his engine business, given he’s merely a customer and not organically integrated into the High Performance Powertrains (HPP) operations.” Horner further elaborates on the limitations he refers to earlier by adding, “The feedback that I’m getting from the business, as the program gains momentum and the simulations solidify, are signs of the inevitable limitations.”
Expounding his views on the engine rules he said, “And I think that not for self-gain here as an engine manufacturer, merely observing the whole situation, we will have to modify the chassis regulations with a fully active aero to compensate for the engine recovery. It doesn’t seem too late to fine-tune that ratio.”
Shedding light on the modifications, Horner insisted, “It’s not like we have to start from scratch. All we need to change is the ratio by adjusting the fuel flow or the cell mass for ensuring superb racing.”
Appraising his role in Red Bull Powertrains, Horner said, “Building an efficient team is the key.” He further adds, “I’m a firm believer in delegating responsibility and accountability because there’s no point in instructing them on designing an engine when it’s not my expertise. My role is to set the goals, ensure they have adequate facilities, infrastructure, and support. The right team and network around you is pivotal, and how you allocate and utilize your time matters.”