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Nationality  British
Education  Arnold Lodge School
Name  Christian Horner

Role  Race car driver
Children  Olivia Horner
Spouse  Geri Halliwell (m. 2015)
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Born  16 November 1973 (age 42) (1973-11-16) Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Occupation  Team Principal of Red Bull Racing (2005–present)
Similar People  Geri Halliwell, Adrian Newey, Mark Webber, Claire Williams, Toto Wolff

Parents  Garry Horner, Sara Horner
Siblings  Guy Horner, Jamie Horner

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Christian Edward Johnston Horner (born in Leamington Spa, England, on 16 November 1973) is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, a position he has held since 2005. His motorsport career started as a race car driver, before he switched roles to become Team Principal of FIA F3000 and later GP2 Series team Arden International Motorsport in 1999.

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Driving career

Having started his racing career in karts, Horner's career in car racing started after he won a Formula Renault scholarship in 1991. He competed in the 1992 British Formula Renault Championship with Manor Motorsport, finishing that season as a race winner and the highest placed rookie. He then moved up to British Formula Three for 1993, finishing second in the Class B Championship for P1 Motorsport and winning five races before moving to the Fortec and ADR teams in 1994 and 1995, and then to the TOM'S team in 1996. In 1996 he also raced in British Formula Two.

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Horner moved up to Formula 3000 in 1997, founding the Arden team. According to Horner he set the team up with borrowed money, including a loan from his father, and persuaded P1 Motorsport founder Roly Vincini to take on the role of his race engineer. He bought a second-hand trailer for the team from Helmut Marko, who as head of the Red Bull Junior Team was one of Horner's main rivals as a manager in F3000, and who he later worked closely with at Red Bull. He stayed in F3000 for 1998 and was joined at Arden by Kurt Mollekens, who showed good pace and led the championship at one stage. Feeling that he wasn't as quick as the best of the drivers he was racing against, Horner retired from driving at the end of the season to focus on developing the Arden team.

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(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Team management

After retiring from competitive driving at the age of 25, Horner signed Viktor Maslov and Marc Goossens for the 1999 FIA F3000 season. Before the start of that year Dave Richards' Prodrive organisation bought a 50 percent stake in Arden on behalf of Russian oil company Lukoil, whose boss was Maslov's father. Horner bought back Prodrive's share in Arden after one season. Darren Manning was signed to replace Goossens for the 2000-2001 season, scoring one pole and two podium finishes.

Arden also competed in Italian F3000 in 2000 winning three races and finishing second in the Championship with Warren Hughes.

After parting company with Lukoil, a new driver line-up was recruited for 2002, with Tomáš Enge and Björn Wirdheim who were brought in to replace Manning and Maslov. The team took five victories (four for Enge, one for Wirdheim), and Enge won the title that year, but was demoted to third after a failed drug test, handing the title to Sébastien Bourdais. Arden won the Team Championship.

Wirdheim stayed in 2003, with Enge replaced by Townsend Bell. Björn Wirdheim won the title by a 35-point margin to second-placed Ricardo Sperafico. Arden retained the Team Championship.

The final season of F3000, 2004, was dominated by Arden's lead driver Vitantonio Liuzzi; the support of Robert Doornbos helped to secure both the Drivers and Constructors Championship titles by a large margin. The team won eight of the ten championship rounds that year, with Liuzzi taking seven and Doornbos winning one. Liuzzi was brought to the team by his manager, Helmut Marko, with sponsorship from Red Bull. At this time Horner based his Arden International Team at Prodrive premises in Banbury, before relocating them to the former 22 Motorsport facility close by.

At this point Horner was looking for an opportunity to move into Formula One. After discussions with Eddie Jordan regarding buying Jordan Grand Prix came to nothing due to disagreements over costs, in November 2004 the Austrian energy drink company, Red Bull, purchased Jaguar F1 Team, which became Red Bull Racing. In January 2005, Horner was appointed to head the team, becoming the youngest Team Principal at the time. Despite being appointed only eight weeks before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the team got off to a good start under his stewardship, with drivers David Coulthard and Christian Klien finishing fourth and seventh in Australia, and they went on to score a total of 34 points for the team compared to the nine taken by Jaguar the previous year. He also played a key role in recruiting Adrian Newey, who was announced as the team's chief technical officer in November 2005.

2006 was a transitional year: by the time Newey started work at Red Bull in February 2006, that year's car (the RB2) had already been designed, and the team switched from Cosworth to customer Ferrari engines, which overheated and were unreliable. However the team did take its first podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, where Horner jumped into a swimming pool wearing nothing but a Superman cape to celebrate.

2007 brought the RB3, the team's first Newey-designed car, and the arrival of Mark Webber and Renault engines, however the team continued to suffer from problems with reliability, with the car enduring 14 retirements and scoring a single podium, whilst the team dropped down to seventh in the constructor's championship the following year.

The team finished a strong second in the 2009 Constructors' Championship with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finishing second and fourth respectively in the drivers' title race, and taking six wins between them. In 2010, the team won their first Constructors' Championship with one race to spare, and Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers' Championship at the final race of the season, becoming the youngest World Champion. At 36, Horner was the youngest Team Principal to win a Formula 1 Constructors Championship. In 2011, the team won their second Constructors' Championship with three races to spare, with Sebastian Vettel becoming the world's youngest double-champion. In 2012 the team won their third Constructors' Championship with one race to spare. Sebastian Vettel became the world's youngest triple World Champion. In 2013 Red Bull Racing won its fourth consecutive F1 Constructors' Championship as Sebastian Vettel won his fourth Drivers' Championship.

Horner was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to motorsport.

Personal life

Horner was born into a family involved in the car industry: his grandfather worked as purchasing manager at the Standard Motor Company in Coventry, before establishing an agency with Horner's father to supply components to motor manufacturers in the English Midlands. Horner was privately educated at Arnold Lodge School in Leamington and then Warwick School. He has two brothers, Jamie and Guy. He and his former partner Beverley Allen have a daughter, born in October 2013.

Six months later, he began dating former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell. They announced their engagement on 11 November 2014, and were married on 15 May 2015 in Woburn, Bedfordshire. On 10 October 2016, Halliwell announced the pair were expecting their first child together. Their second child, a son, was born in January 2017. Horner is stepfather to Halliwell's daughter from a previous relationship.

References

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