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It must be on Red Bull terms: PlanetF1

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says a potential link with Porsche should be part of the team’s long-term strategy.

Horner appears to have cooled talk of a potential Porsche-Red Bull tie as rumors of a partnership starting in 2026 have swirled in recent months.

Horner has previously said any partner joining the independent team will have to give in to Red Bull’s style of operation – a point he reiterated when speaking to the media over the Dutch Grand Prix weekend. .

While recent rumors suggested Porsche was close to acquiring a major stake in Red Bull, Horner said Red Bull remained focused on its own engine program.

“There’s not much to report,” Horner told Sky F1 at Zandvoort.

“We’ve always said we’re pushing with Red Bull Powertrains. It’s making great strides, with our first firing of the very first Red Bull engine a few weeks ago.

“So 2026 is a long way off and we’re very focused on our plan, on the engine we’re producing, with the talent we’re bringing into the team.

“It’s great to see Audi stepping into the sport and anything Red Bull might consider should fit into the team’s long-term strategy. There’s a lot of time ahead of us.

Christian Horner: Partners have to adapt to Red Bull

Given Red Bull’s huge success in F1 since entering the sport in 2005, Horner has made it clear that any potential partnership should consider the strength of the team as their style of operation delivers proven results. .

“Any manufacturer or partner relationship should fit Red Bull,” he said.

“We have a great team, we have strength in depth. We have this exciting new chapter as we head into the powertrain side of the business.

“We have phenomenal talents who have joined the company. We are therefore in good shape and time will tell if we welcome a partner in this program or, as is currently the case, if we continue on our own.

“Red Bull has always been an independent team, that’s one of our strengths. That’s been the backbone of what we’ve achieved and our ability to act quickly and that’s part of who’s DNA we are.

“We are not a company run organization and that is one of our strengths and the way we operate as a racing team and it is an absolute prerequisite for the future.

“They (potential team partners) have to decide whether they want to join this party or not. But they should be in the culture of how we run.

While the partnership with Porsche appears to have hit a snag, Horner said there was still the possibility of an engine partner coming on board – pointing to Honda, who officially left F1 as a supplier at the end of 2021 but continues to manufacture Red Bull’s 2022 engines. from their base in Japan.

“Honda withdrew from F1, they respected the agreement we have with HRC (Honda Racing Corporation),” said Horner.

“They make noise around 2026, but our train has left the station. We are committed to investing in Red Bull Powertrains.

“We have around 300 people working on this 2026 engine right now, so it would have to fit – any deal with a potential partner or OEM – with that.

“With the whole team under one roof, it has synergy benefits with the chassis designers sitting next to the engine designers.”