Christian Horner, the team boss of Red Bull Racing, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in King Charles III’s New Year Honours list, following a record-breaking season in 2023 where his team won 21 out of 22 Grands Prix and secured their sixth Constructors’ Championship.
‣ Christian Horner, the team boss of Red Bull Racing, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in King Charles III’s New Year Honours list for his services to motorsport.
‣ Under Horner’s leadership, Red Bull Racing had a record-breaking season in 2023, winning 21 out of 22 Grands Prix and the Constructors’ Championship for the second year in a row.
‣ This is not the first time Horner has been recognized for his contributions to motorsport. In 2013, he was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) during Red Bull’s first period of dominance.
‣ Horner started his career in motorsport as a karting driver, moved on to the Formula Renault championship, and later managed the Arden team in Formula 3000 before becoming the youngest team principal ever in Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing.
Christian Horner’s name is now on King Charles III’s New Year Honours list. He’s been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). Quite the achievement, right?
He’s the team boss of Red Bull Racing. In 2023, they had a season for the books, winning 21 out of 22 Grands Prix. Talk about dominance!
But wait, there’s more. Horner’s team didn’t just break records. They smashed them. The RB19? Most dominant car in Formula 1 history.
Max Verstappen? Bagged his third consecutive World Championship. Sergio Perez? Secured the team’s first-ever one-two finish in the standings. Red Bull? Won the Constructors’ Championship for the second year running and for the sixth time overall.
Horner’s rise to the top
This isn’t Horner’s first rodeo with such honours. Back in 2013, he got an OBE [Officer of the British Empire] in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. That was during Red Bull’s first reign of dominance, with Sebastian Vettel winning four consecutive World titles.
Now, Horner’s moved up to CBE for his services to motorsport. His reaction? “It was an unexpected distinction a decade ago to be presented with an OBE, and to receive this second award, a CBE, is one for which I am hugely grateful and deeply honoured,” he said.
He’s proud to lead Oracle Red Bull Racing and contribute to the UK economy. He’s also proud of what they’ve achieved in Formula 1 and in the wider high technology arena.
Horner’s in good company. Other Formula 1 names awarded a CBE include Ron Dennis and Nigel Mansell. Adrian Newey, who helped create the RB19, got an OBE in 2012. Sir Lewis Hamilton was knighted after being named in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list.
Horner’s motorsport journey
Horner started karting young. He then moved on to the Formula Renault championship. In 1993, he entered the British Formula 3 championship. After a few years, he also drove in British Formula 2 before moving to Arden in Formula 3000 in 1997. That year, he had a strange but later crucial encounter with Helmut Marko.
Two seasons in Formula 3000 later, Horner decided to manage the team instead of driving. He succeeded as manager in 2000, and his link with Red Bull Racing strengthened in 2004.
Antonio Liuzzi drove for Arden with Robert Doornbos. Liuzzi was placed there by Helmut Marko as part of Red Bull Racing’s junior program. The Italian dominated the season and got a small role in Formula 1 the following year at Red Bull.
Horner, who initially tried to buy Jordan to be on the F1 grid, was appointed by Helmut Marko as team principal of the new side. He became the youngest team principal ever. At first, Red Bull Racing was dismissed as just an energy drinks manufacturer. But within a few years, that changed.
Vettel missed the title in 2009 but won four titles consecutively from 2010. Horner, just 36 then, became the youngest team principal ever in Formula 1 history to celebrate a title.
Between 2014 and 2020, Horner and Red Bull had to acknowledge Mercedes’ dominance. But the British team boss rallied his troops and ended Mercedes’ success streak. Red Bull have now won the last three drivers’ titles and the previous two Constructors’ titles. They’re favourites to win again in 2024, and it would take a brave person to bet against them in 2025.