Christian Horner OBE is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, a position he has held since 2005. His motorsport career started as a race car driver before he switched roles to become Team Principal of FIA F3000 and later GP2 Series team Arden International Motorsport in 1999. Having started his racing career in karts, Horner’s career in car racing started after he won a Formula Renault scholarship in 1991. He competed in the 1992 British Formula Renault Championship with Manor Motorsport, finishing that season as a race winner and the highest placed rookie.
He then moved up to British Formula Three for 1993, finishing second in the Class B Championship for P1 Motorsport and winning five races before moving to the Fortec and ADR teams in 1994 and 1995, and then to the TOM’S team in 1996. In 1996 he also raced in British Formula Two.
Horner moved up to Formula 3000 in 1997, founding the Arden team. According to Horner he set the team up with borrowed money, including a loan from his father, and persuaded P1 Motorsport founder Roly Vincini to take on the role of his race engineer.
He bought a second-hand trailer for the team from Helmut Marko, who as head of the Red Bull Junior Team was one of Horner’s main rivals as a manager in F3000, and who he later worked closely with at Red Bull. He stayed in F3000 for 1998 and was joined at Arden by Kurt Mollekens, who showed good pace and led the championship at one stage. Feeling that he wasn’t as quick as the best of the drivers he was racing against, Horner retired from driving at the end of the season to focus on developing the Arden team.
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