Horner rejects Red Bull axe news

Christian Horner
Christian Horner

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has described reports that he could be sacked as “total rubbish”.

It was suggested at the Austrian Grand Prix that Horner, who led Red Bull to four consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championships between 2010-2013, could be shown the exit door following the team’s troubled start to the season.

Daniil Kvyat’s fourth-placed finish in Monaco represents Red Bull’s best result this season, while he and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo limped to an embarrassing 12th and 10th respectively at the team’s home race in Spielberg last Sunday.

“Unfortunately in Formula One there are always rumours, and this is total rubbish,” Horner said on reports he is set to leave the team.

“I’m fully committed to Red Bull and I love what I do. We’re working hard and my focus is trying to get the team back to where we were 18 months ago.”

Dietrich Mateschitz, the team’s millionaire owner, has been outspoken in his criticism of F1 this season, and he has threatened to pull his team out of the sport. But Horner insists Red Bull’s focus remains in F1.

“The situation is quite clear - Dietrich Mateschitz made some comments over the weekend and it’s exactly how he feels”, Horner added.

“He is frustrated and he is frustrated with the show.”