Horner Prepares for Worst at Red Bull Today in F1

Christian Horner and Fernando Alonso are in discussions potentially about Alonso joining Red Bull, amidst various Formula 1 developments including Aston Martin’s decision not to appeal Alonso’s penalty, Honda’s plans to open a UK base for engine production, and Toto Wolff’s praise for Carlos Sainz‘s performance.

Highlights

‣ Christian Horner and Red Bull are in talks with Fernando Alonso, indicating a potential shake-up in the driver market.

‣ Aston Martin decided not to appeal Fernando Alonso’s 20-second penalty from the Australian Grand Prix due to lack of new evidence, as stated by team boss Mike Krack.

‣ Honda is set to open a facility in the UK as part of its preparation to supply engines for Aston Martin from 2026, marking its first factory in Europe.

‣ Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff praised Carlos Sainz and Ferrari for their increasing competitiveness, despite Mercedes’ own challenges in securing race wins.


Ah, the world of Formula 1 never really hits the brakes, does it? Even on an off weekend, the buzz is all about who’s going where. Today, it’s a bit of a soap opera with Christian Horner, Red Bull, and Fernando Alonso grabbing the headlines. Rumor has it, talks are happening. Seems like Horner might be bracing for a storm at Red Bull.

Now, onto a bit of drama from Aston Martin. After the Australian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso got slapped with a 20-second penalty. And boy, he wasn’t happy. Alonso’s pretty much said, “Hey, that’s racing for ya.” Mike Krack, the team boss, wasn’t thrilled either. They thought about appealing but, no dice—no new evidence, no appeal. Krack’s statement had a bit of a defeated tone, “It’s a tough pill to swallow, but what can you do?”

Switching gears, Honda’s making moves! They’ve been the muscle behind Red Bull Racing’s engines and now they’re teaming up with Aston Martin. Big news is they’re setting up shop in the UK. That’s right, a brand spanking new facility. Until now, all their engines were born in Japan. But hey, change is good, right? Honda Racing Corporation UK Ltd is the new kid on the block.

Toto Wolff, the big boss at Mercedes, had some kind words for Carlos Sainz. Despite Mercedes’ winless streak since Brazil ’22, Wolff tipped his hat to Ferrari. Sainz clinched a win in Australia after Singapore ’23, and Wolff, ever the sportsman, praised his rival team’s growing competitiveness under Frederic Vasseur.

Back to the Red Bull saga, the Telegraph dropped a juicy tidbit. Horner and Alonso had a “serious conversation.” Now, that’s interesting. Usually, Helmut Marko is the go-to guy for driver chats at Red Bull. But this time, Marko was MIA, per the report. The big question is, is Alonso being eyed as Verstappen’s replacement or as a wingman? Only time will tell.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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