Horner Confirms No Plan B For Red Bull Amidst 'Balsy Move'

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by Adam OndrikThursday, 18 January 2024 at 09:00
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Team principal Christian Horner confirmed Red Bull has no plan B in case the 2026 RBPT project producing Red Bull's own power units fails.
As it stands ahead of the season 2024, Red Bull is the most likely team to win both Drivers' and Constructors' Championships in 2024 as well as 2025.
If the team from Milton Keynes could keep their pace advantage over rivals that they had going into the winter break, the next two seasons could be smooth sailing.
However, 2026 is the next great challenge that awaits Red Bull. Why? Because the British team decided to make the bold move to end its collaboration with Honda and start producing PUs (power units) by themselves.
Producing power units is not an easy task, especially for a team that is a subsidiary of an Energy Drinks company with no background in vehicle manufacturing like Mercedes or Ferrari.
If Red Bull failed to produce a competitive power unit, the team would not be able to compete against their rivals for the upcoming couple of seasons.
Helmut Marko recently stated the team from Milton Keynes is going all in without plan B. Christian Horner confirmed his words in a recent interview with PlanetF1:

"Helmut’s absolutely right – we’ve made our commitment, we’ve made our strategic decision for the future and we have to make it work."

The problem is, if Red Bull didn't have a competitive car, Max Verstappen might not be interested in competing for the team anymore. Horner asserted the team needs to succeed and it is not only because of the triple World Champion.

"I don’t think it’s just about Max. We’re all very impatient in Formula 1. Everybody wants to be competitive. It’s a massive undertaking. It’s a ballsy undertaking that we’ve taken on but we believe that it’s the right route for the company, for the future."