Horner says hiring of Mercedes’ Phil Prew is a “statement of intent”

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Christian Horner is “delighted” by Red Bull hiring  Lewis Hamilton’s former race engineer Phil Prew, “a key component of Mercedes’ recent success”.

Red Bull is continuing to poach Mercedes’ staff for their new Red Bull Powertrains engine factory. The latest in a series of signings is the chief engineer at Mercedes High Performance Powertrains – Phil Prew.

Prew also served as Lewis Hamilton’s race engineer during his championship-winning 2008 season at McLaren.

At first Prew’s signing was not officially announced, but it has now been confirmed by Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner.

“I’m delighted that Phil is going to be joining the team and he has a phenomenal track record,” Horner was quoted by the Express.

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“He has been a key component of Mercedes’ recent success and, again, it is another statement of intent of where we want to be with the power unit.

“I think we have assembled great strength and depth within the business and it’s fantastic to see it really coming together and coming to life.

“Phil’s one of a few key signings recently that add to the very talented group of people that we have already assembled,” the Briton concluded.

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