Christian Horner: Red Bull in 'good shape' without Porsche involvement

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has said that they will not suffer from not working with Porsche from 2026 onwards, after talks around a collaboration concluded without an agreement.

Red Bull and Porsche had been linked with entering a working relationship around the new engine regulations in 2026 for some time.

However, news broke last week that any deal was off, with it apparent the two parties had differing views on just how much involvement Porsche would have in Red Bull as a team and company.

Porsche were said to want 50% of Red Bull Technologies, whilst Red Bull only wanted to work with Porsche around power unit production and, clearly, an agreement could not be reached once such different positions had been realised.

Horner, though, thinks the news is not going to impact Red Bull negatively whatsoever.

Speaking to Sky, he said:

“Obviously as we’ve been on this journey there’s been some discussion with Porsche along the way – a phenomenal company, great brand.

“But it was felt that the fit just isn’t quite right for where we’re going and the journey we’re on.

“Our strategy to have engine and chassis all under one roof in one campus remains absolutely unchanged.

“At no point was this dependent on the involvement of an investor or a manufacturer or an OEM.

“Having done our due diligence we felt that actually we were in good shape, and with the recruitment that we’ve made technically we don’t feel at any real disadvantage to our competitors.” 

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What next for Red Bull?

Red Bull will plough on with their Red Bull Powertrains project without any help or influence from Porsche, then, though there still seems a chance other automotive brands might still be involved.

With the resurgence of Honda in recent years alongside the Milton Keynes-based team, there’s a chance that the Japanese giants can be convinced to remain involved in some capacity in the sport, though they had indicated their intention to be pulling out.

They are still supplying power unit support to the team until 2025 at least, with Red Bull planning on making their own engines independently come 2026 around F1’s new power unit regulations.

Ultimately, the team has always wanted to operate independently and that is clearly behind the Porsche talks failing.

The German brand wanted too much control of Red Bull, and that was always going to create a pushback.

It remains to be seen if Porsche still returns to the F1 table with another team come 2026, meanwhile.

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