Red Bull’s newly-formed Formula 1 power unit division, Red Bull Powertrains, has announced a key hiring from rivals Mercedes.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Hodgkinson “comes to this hugely exciting project as a proven race winner and as an innovator capable of leading a like-minded team of highly skilled engineers.”
The new Red Bull Powertrains division is being constructed at the team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, a short distance from Mercedes’ engine facility at Brixworth. It will take over the maintenance and production of the team’s Honda power units after the manufacturer leaves F1 at the end of this year.
“When Red Bull announced the creation of Red Bull Powertrains it was also announcing a new phase of the company’s ambition in Formula 1 – to bring every aspect of car design in-house and to put our destiny in our own hands,” said Horner.
“The ultimate expression of that is the development of a Red Bull power unit to meet the next generation of Formula 1 engine regulations. Ben’s appointment signals our long-term intent and we will support him and his team with every available resource required in order to succeed.”
Hodgkinson admitted “it was not easy to make the decision to leave HPP after almost 20 years but the opportunity to take on such a far-reaching and important project is a great honour.”
“Red Bull is a serious player in Formula 1 and have been our biggest rival in the hybrid era,” he added “so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in this new phase of the company’s journey.”
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