Horner set to get new contract boost after helping Verstappen to maiden world championship

Red Bull Racing are in talks with Christian Horner to extend his contract with the team after a successful 2021 season.

Horner is the most experienced team principal on the grid today, having worked at Red Bull since 2005. Their dynasty lasted for four years between 2010 and 2014, with the man overseeing four consecutive years of amazing success.

For seven years, Red Bull couldn’t return to the heights of old, with Mercedes dominating the sport in the hybrid era. However, 2021 saw Red Bull end Mercedes’ championship-double streak by winning the Drivers’ Championship through Max Verstappen.

With it being a necessity to keep the key players of the 2021 season, the team has started trying to give new contracts to them. As a result, Red Bull are in talks with Horner to extend his contract and stay with them overseeing more success.

“We are working on a new contract that will link him to Red Bull until 2026,” team advisor Helmut Marko told Red Bull-owned ServusTV, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.

Red Bull want to keep Horner (centre). Source: Getty Images

“We are going for stability in the key positions within the team for the transitional year in which the new engine formula and the new chassis rules will go into effect.”

Growth

The Austrian then went on to hail his team’s team principal for his leadership and dedication, and commended him for going from a newcomer in F1 to the man he is today.

“He had zero experience in Formula 1 at the time,” he added.

“But I knew him from Formula 3000 and knew how ambitious he was and what he had to offer. Since then, he has developed into a very charismatic team boss.”

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