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Ferrari’s Unsuccessful Poaching of Christian Horner

Written by Emily Allen, Edited by Meghana Sree

Credit: Frey / Getty Images

Recently, it was revealed that Scuderia Ferrari attempted to sign up Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner. As the then Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, was on his way out, the legendary Italian team enticed Horner with what has been described as an ‘attractive’ deal.

Horner, a former racer, came into reign with the Red Bulls back in 2005, and has since then led the charge into their most successful era. Under Horner's leadership, Red Bull has celebrated five Constructors’ Championships and six Drivers’ titles.

Red Bull’s Chief, Helmut Marko, was reportedly the critical player in Horner’s decision to stay with the team. Marko stated that it cost “millions” to safeguard Horner’s future with Red Bull. In an interview, Marko was quoted as saying: “It took me a whole night to convince Horner to stay at Red Bull!”

However, Horner insists that Ferrari’s offer didn’t tempt him enough to replace Binotto. Horner commented: “I feel a loyalty to Red Bull.

“I've been here since the very beginning, I feel very much responsible for the team.

“It's hugely flattering to have been asked by Ferrari, but they're a great team and I'm sure they'll be very competitive.”


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