Christian Horner. Source: FIA

Christian Horner is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

Source: Wikipedia

Early life

Christian Edward Johnston Horner was born into a car industry family. His grandfather worked as a purchasing manager at the Standard Motor Company in Coventry before forming an agency with Horner’s father to supply components to motor manufacturers in the English Midlands.

Horner attended Arnold Lodge School in Leamington Spa before moving on to Warwick School. Jamie and Guy are his two brothers.

Career

Driving Career

Horner’s car racing career began after he won a Formula Renault scholarship in 1991, after he began racing in karts. He raced for Manor Motorsport in the 1992 British Formula Renault Championship, finishing the season as a race winner and the highest placed rookie.

He then advanced to British Formula Three in 1993, finishing second in the Class B Championship for P1 Motorsport and winning five races before joining the Fortec and ADR teams in 1994 and 1995, and then the TOM’S team in 1996.

Source: DriveTribe

Horner advanced to Formula 3000 in 1997, establishing the Arden team. Horner claims he funded the team with borrowed funds, including a loan from his father, and persuaded P1 Motorsport founder Roly Vincini to serve as his race engineer.

He purchased a used trailer for the team from Helmut Marko, who was one of Horner’s main rivals as a manager in F3000 and who he would later work closely with at Red Bull.

In 1998, he remained in F3000 and was joined at Arden by Kurt Mollekens, who showed good pace and led the championship at one point. During a pre-season test at Estoril, Horner followed Juan Pablo Montoya through the circuit’s high-speed first corner and realised he couldn’t match the Colombian driver’s level of commitment.

As a result, he decided to retire from racing at the end of the season in order to concentrate on developing the Arden team.

Team Management Career

Horner signed Viktor Maslov and Marc Goossens for the 1999 FIA F3000 season after retiring from competitive driving at the age of 25. After one season, Horner purchased Prodrive’s share of Arden. For the 2000–2001 season, Darren Manning was signed to replace Goossens, and he scored one pole and two podium finishes.

Arden also raced in the Italian F3000 Championship in 2000, winning three races and finishing second overall with Warren Hughes.

The final season of F3000, 2004, was dominated by Arden’s lead driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, with Robert Doornbos’ assistance helping to secure both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles by a large margin. That year, the team won eight of the ten championship rounds, with Liuzzi taking seven and Doornbos taking one.

Red Bull

Source: Reb Bull

Horner was looking for a chance to move into Formula One at this point. After discussions with Eddie Jordan about purchasing Jordan Grand Prix fell through due to cost disagreements, the Austrian energy drink company, Red Bull, purchased Jaguar F1 Team, which became Red Bull Racing, in November 2004.

Horner was appointed team principal in January 2005, making him the team’s youngest leader at the time.

The transitional year: 2006

By the time Newey started at Red Bull in February 2006, the car for that year (the RB2) had already been designed, and the team had switched from Cosworth to customer Ferrari engines, which overheated and were unreliable. The team did, however, earn its first podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, where Horner jumped into a swimming pool to celebrate.

The team finished second in the 2009 Constructors’ Championship, with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finishing second and fourth in the drivers’ title race, respectively, and taking six victories.

Christian Horner celebrating Sebastian Vettel’s first Driver’s title. Source: autoevolution

In 2010, the team won its first Constructors’ Championship with one race remaining, and Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers’ Championship at the season’s final race, becoming the youngest World Champion.

Horner was the youngest team principal to win a Formula One Constructors’ Championship at the age of 36. The team won their second Constructors’ Championship with three races remaining in 2011, with Sebastian Vettel becoming the world’s youngest double-champion. With one race to spare in 2012, the team won their third Constructors’ Championship. Sebastian Vettel has become the world’s youngest three-time World Champion.

Red Bull Racing won its fourth consecutive Formula One Constructors’ Championship in 2013, while Sebastian Vettel won his fourth Drivers’ Championship.

Personal Life

Cristian Horner with his family. Source: Getty Images

Horner has a daughter with his ex-partner Beverley Allen, who was born in October 2013. Horner and Geri Halliwell, a former Spice Girls member, announced their engagement on November 11, 2014, and married on May 15, 2015, in Woburn, Bedfordshire.

Halliwell announced on October 10, 2016, that the couple was expecting their first child together; their son was born in January 2017. Horner is the stepfather of Halliwell’s daughter, Bluebell Madonna, from her previous marriage to screenwriter Sacha Gervasi.

Horner was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for his contributions to motorsport.

AGE47
MARITAL STATUSMarried
SPOUSEBeverley Allen (2000- 2014), Geri Halliwell (M-2015)
KIDSMontague George Hector Horner (son), Olivia Horner (daughter), Stepfather to Bluebell Madonna
RESIDENCELeamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
NATIONALITYBritish
ENDORSEMENTSNone
HEIGHT5ft 8inch
ETHNICITYWhite

Net worth

Christian Horner reportedly has a net worth of $50 million as of 2021, according to sources. The majority of Christian Horner’s 2021 net worth can be attributed to his lucrative salary at Red Bull Racing.

Christian Horner’s annual salary at Red Bull Racing is estimated to be $10 million. Meanwhile, it is believed that the Red Bull Racing Principal has no endorsements.

Charity

Christian Horner is a philanthropist who currently serves as an Ambassador for the Wings For Life Foundation.
The foundation’s primary goal is to raise awareness about spinal cord injury. The other motto is to fund the foundation’s critical research into finding a cure.

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