Christian Horner

Christian Horner | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Christian Horner | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Team Principal of the Red Bull Formula One And Former British Racing Driver
Peterborough
Get inspired by the remarkable journey of Christian Horner, Team Principal and CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing, speaker, and former British racing driver.

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Christian Horner | Speaker Biography

As the Team Principal and CEO of Oracle Red Bull Racing, Christian Horner has established himself as one of the most successful team bosses in the history of Formula 1. Leading Red Bull Racing since 2005, he has achieved an impressive 11 world titles, making him the sport's most experienced team principal.

Christian's journey in motorsport began as a driver, progressing to Formula 3000, the category just below Formula 1. He then went on to establish his own race team, Arden International, to compete in junior formulae. It was during this time that Christian attracted sponsorship support from the Austrian energy drinks giant, Red Bull, which eventually led to their involvement in Formula 1. When Red Bull acquired the Jaguar Racing team from Ford Motor Company in 2004, Christian was entrusted with leading their new Formula 1 campaign.

As the youngest team principal in the sport at the time, Christian made significant moves by signing David Coulthard from McLaren and bringing renowned designer Adrian Newey to the team. Coulthard secured the team's first podium finish at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, and alongside teammate Mark Webber, they achieved further podium finishes in 2007 and 2008.

In 2009, Red Bull Racing emerged as a force to be reckoned with in Formula 1 when Sebastian Vettel won the Chinese Grand Prix. That season, Vettel won three more Grands Prix, while Webber secured two victories, resulting in Red Bull Racing finishing as the runner-up in the World Championship for teams. From 2010 to 2013, Red Bull Racing dominated the sport, winning both the Drivers and Constructors World Championship in all four seasons. Under Christian's leadership, the team displayed technical and commercial innovation, fulfilling Red Bull's ambition of becoming the leading organization in Formula 1.

Despite the introduction of new technical regulations in 2014 that favored car manufacturer teams, Red Bull Racing continued to win Grands Prix each season, except for 2015, and remained firmly in the top echelon of the sport. A successful partnership with Honda helped the team secure the Drivers title in 2021 with Dutch sensation Max Verstappen. In 2022, Christian celebrated a double title-winning success.

In February 2023, Christian announced a significant career achievement with a new long-term partnership between Oracle Red Bull Racing and Ford Motor Company. For his services to motorsport, he was honored with the Order of the British Empire in 2013.

Christian's story is one of courage and confidence, as he defied age and perceptions of inexperience to advance his career. It serves as a compelling tale to inspire younger team members and those facing challenging business situations.

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