The Mind of a F1 Team Principal: Christian Horner on F1 & More | Series Preview

By Ed Bernardon and Drew Wilson

In this exclusive two-part interview series, Ed delves into Christian Horner’s extensive 20-year journey as Team Principal, exploring the significant shifts he’s witnessed in Formula 1. They examine the impact of evolving F1 regulations on Red Bull Racing’s strategy and Christian’s approach to steering the team. The dialogue further ventures into the realm of sustainability in F1, the influence of new rules on car design, and Christian’s insights on the ‘Drive to Survive’ series. Check out the series preview below and be on the lookout for the full episodes coming soon.

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What to expect from this series

Discover Christian Horner’s journey from driver’s seat to the helm of Red Bull Racing as Team Principal.


  • F1’s Transformations: Christian, as Team Principal, has witnessed significant changes in Formula 1 during his tenure.
  • Vettel vs. Verstappen: Christian reflects on his experiences working with Sebastian Vettel versus Max Verstappen.
  • Team Dominance: Christian’s thoughts on a single team dominating the sport.
  • Silent Engines: How Christian feels about the potential loss of the engine roar if combustion engines are replaced by more sustainable fuels.

This is another great series that you won’t want to miss.

Christian Horner | Team Principal & CEO at Red Bull Racing

Christian Horner | Team Principal & CEO at Red Bull Racing

Christian’s path to the top rung of the Formula One management ladder began behind the wheel, as a talented young racer. At the age of 25, he founded the Arden International race team and quickly built the squad into a formidable winning machine. Following this success, Christian was asked by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz to run the Red Bull Racing Formula One team from its inception in 2005, making Christian the youngest F1 Team Principal at the age of 31. Christian has since led the team to thirteen world titles (six World Constructors’ Championships and seven World Drivers’ Championships). Then in 2021 Christian led the Team to become a fully autonomous independent Team by matching chassis design with its own power unit design and production facility, Red Bull Powertrains. He is also an Ambassador for the Wings for Life charity that is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury.

Ed Bernardon

Ed Bernardon

Ed is currently VP Strategic Automotive Initiatives at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Responsibilities include strategic planning and business development in areas of design of autonomous/connected vehicles, lightweight automotive structures and interiors. He is also responsible for Future Car thought leadership which includes hosting the Future Car Podcast and development of cross divisional projects. Previously he was a founding member of VISTAGY that developed light-weight structure and automotive interior design software acquired by Siemens in 2011, he previously directed the Automation and Design Technology Group at MIT Draper Laboratory.  Ed holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue, and MBA from Butler.

On the Move: A Siemens Automotive Podcast Podcast

On the Move: A Siemens Automotive Podcast

The automotive and transportation industries are in the middle of a transformation in how vehicles are designed, made, and sold. Driven by an influx of new technologies, consumer demands, environmental pressures, and a changing workforce in factories and offices, automotive companies are pushing to reinvent fundamental aspects of their businesses. This includes developing more advanced and capable vehicles, identifying new revenue sources, improving customer experiences, and changing the ways in which features and functionality are built into vehicles.

Welcome to On the Move, a podcast from Siemens Digital Industries Software that will dive into the acceleration of mobility innovation amid unprecedented change in the automotive and transportation industries. Join hosts Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation, and Conor Peick, Automotive and Transportation Writer, as they dive into the shifting automotive landscape with expert guests from Siemens and around the industry. Tune in to learn about modern automotive design and engineering challenges, how software and electronics have grown in use and importance, and where the industries might be heading in the future.

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