Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has been awarded an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to motorsport.
Horner, 39, has headed the Red Bull Racing since they joined the grid in 2005, after buying out the Jaguar F1 team. Over the past three seasons, Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel have been the team to beat, winning three consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship titles.
Horner was himself a racing driver of some repute, graduating as high as the Formula 3000 championship (F1’s then-feeder series) before hanging up the helmet and moving onto the pit wall, founding the Arden International F3000 team. Today he heads one of the most formidable teams in motorsport.
“I’m naturally shocked [to receive the OBE],” Horner exclaimed. “It’s all a bit unexpected, incredible really.
“To be in the company of men and women who have achieved such great things for the country is something very, very special.
“This is right up there with what I have achieved in motorsport.”