Despite wild gossip that Christian Horner was set to switch camps, the Red Bull Racing team principal will continue at the helm of the Milton Keynes team after successfully negotiating a contract extension with the reigning championship-winning team’s owners.
The team confirmed overnight that Horner, 39, had signed a new multi-year contract to remain as Team Principal, a position he has held since Red Bull bought out the ailing Jaguar team in the lead up to the 2005 Formula 1 season.
During his time at the helm of the Milton Keynes squad, Horner has successfully overseen the hiring of Adrian Newey to head the team’s entire technical operation, in addition to promoting Sebastian Vettel to the team from sister squad Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Vettel has since gone on to lead the team to three successive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles with team-mate Mark Webber, who have netted 34 Grand Prix victories and 46 pole positions between them.
A former Formula 3000 racer in the late 1990s, Horner made the bold move to team management and successfully led the Arden team he founded to dominate the International Formula 3000 scene.