Christian Horner’s response as Red Bull boss asked if he’ll be F1’s next Bernie Ecclestone

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CHRISTIAN HORNER has committed to Red Bull but failed to rule out taking on another role in the sport

Bernie Ecclestone: 'I would take a bullet for Vladimir Putin'

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Christian Horner has not ruled out taking over as head of F1 to become the next Bernie Ecclestone. Horner said he could “never say never” when asked if he could one day take over as the sport’s CEO.

It comes after Horner stressed Ecclestone’s comments on wanting to “take a bullet” for Russian President Vladimir Putin were “disappointing”. However, the Red Bull boss pledged himself to the team for the immediate future as they close in on a sixth drivers’ title since Horner has been at the helm.

Ecclestone was also a team boss at Brabham before taking the helm of F1 in the late 1970s. When asked if he could take over at the top of F1 in an interview with Tatler, Horner said: “‘I think Bernie’s comments were very disappointing. It was a big misjudgement and he has apologised for them. On reflection, he recognised the comments were wrong.

“I am still massively motivated by what I do. I’m still relatively young. I’m the youngest team principal in the sport at the moment. And I’ve still got a burning competitiveness within me. So I want to fulfil that first. 

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Christian Horner's response as Red Bull boss asked if he'll be F1's next Bernie Ecclestone

Christian Horner has not ruled out taking over as a F1 boss like Bernie Ecclestone (Image: Getty)

“I think you can never say never, but for the foreseeable future, I am very much focused on what I am doing with Red Bull.”

Ecclestone and Horner appear to have a friendly relationship with the former F1 boss attending a Spice Girls concert with the Red Bull chief back in 2019. Ecclestone was dropped as F1 CEO at the start of the 2017 season after Liberty Media took control of the spot.

Chase Carey assumed the position but later handed the reins over to current boss Stefano Domenicali. Almost a decade ago Ecclestone even suggested he wanted to see Horner take over at the helm once he left.

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Christian Horner's response as Red Bull boss asked if he'll be F1's next Bernie Ecclestone

Philip Sinden / Tatler (Image: Horner said he was ‘still motivated’ as Red Bull boss)

Speaking back in 2013, Ecclestone said: “Christian would be ideal. I would be happy to hold his hand. We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport. If someone comes in from the outside, a corporate type, I don’t think I could work with them. They wouldn’t last five minutes. I don’t want anyone who is a corporate type.

“People deal with me because they know me. I have known them for a long time and they trust me. They know I am straight with them. That is how it is with Christian. I hope we can do it.”

See the full feature in the October issue of Tatler available via digital download and on newsstands from Thursday 1st September

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