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FORMULA ONE: Horner gets his wings.

WARWICK'S Christian Horner is F1's newest and youngest team boss after taking charge of Red Bull Racing.

Having carved out a formidable reputation by steering his Banbury-based Arden International team to three successive F3000 titles, he yesterday stepped up to join motorsport's elite.

He fills the gap left by the sudden departure of David Pitchforth and Tony Purnell, who had overseen the rebranding of Jaguar and were expected to lead Red Bull through their debut season.

Horner has been named as Sporting Director and he will share management responsibilities with a new Technical Director who will be appointed in the next few weeks.

And one of their first decisions will be decide who will partner David Coulthard. Bjorn Wirdheim and Vitantonio Liuzzi, who won the 2003 and 2004 F3000 drivers championship with Arden, are in the running, as is former Jaguar pilot Christian Klien.

The news climaxes an extraordinary rise by Horner, who gave up his own driving ambitions in 1998.

Last September he was considering a bid to buy out Jaguar and he has subsequently been linked with a similar move for Jordan.

At 31, Horner is contemporary of several current F1 drivers and is 17 years younger than Nick Fry, the new man in charge at BAR.

But he will relish the opportunity to take on legends like Ron Dennis, Frank Williams and Jean Todt.

Arden will be entering a team in the new GP2 Championship - successor to F3000 - this season but Horner will not be involved in the day-to-day running of the team


MOVING UP: New Red Bull chief Christian Horner
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 8, 2005
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