Horner Unconcerned About McLaren’s Potential Leap Forward

Former Red Bull Racing technical chief Rob Marshall and former Ferrari engineer David Sanchez have joined McLaren’s F1 team, a move seen as crucial for McLaren’s competitiveness, but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is not overly concerned, emphasizing the importance of the entire team’s performance.

Highlights

‣ Former Red Bull Racing technical chief Rob Marshall and former Ferrari engineer David Sanchez have joined McLaren’s team.
‣ To prevent the transfer of secret information between teams, Formula 1 uses a system called gardening leave, where technical staff are not allowed to work elsewhere for a period after leaving a team.
‣ Rob Marshall will take up the position of technical director of engineering and design at McLaren, while David Sanchez will become the new technical director of car concept and performance.
‣ Despite these changes, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is not worried, stating that success in F1 requires the whole team to come together, not just one person.


Rob Marshall, ex-technical chief of Red Bull Racing, and David Sanchez, a former Ferrari engineer, are now part of the McLaren team. They’re on gardening leave, but they’ll be starting soon. Christian Horner, the Red Bull team boss, isn’t losing sleep over these changes.

Switching teams in Formula 1 can be a tense affair. Why? Well, there’s always the risk of secret info being taken to the new team. That’s why F1 has gardening leave.

What’s gardening leave? It’s a period where technical staff can’t work elsewhere after leaving a team. It can last up to a year, with the old team footing the bill.

Rob Marshall has been with Red Bull Racing since 2006. That’s a long time! He’s seen all the highs and lows. At McLaren, he’ll be the technical director of engineering and design. David Sanchez? He’s the new technical director of car concept and performance.

This reshuffling is a big deal for McLaren. They’re seen as a major threat to Red Bull in 2024. But Horner? He’s not sweating it.

Horner told Sky Sports, “McLaren had a solid second half of the year. At times, they were our biggest rival. Sure, they’ve beefed up their team and Rob is a great addition. But it’s not just about one person. An F1 team has hundreds of people. It takes everyone to make it work. With Lando (Norris) and Oscar (Piastri) – who was really impressive as a debutant – they could well be a factor next year.”

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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