Red Bull has announced the signing of five more senior Mercedes engine factory employees in an effort to boost their new power unit operation.
After signing Mercedes’ Head of Mechanical Engineering Ben Hodgkinson to become the technical director of their new power unit operation, Red Bull has now signed five more of Mercedes’ senior staff.
Here is who has jumped ship:
- Mercedes’ head of manufacturing Steve Blewett will become Red Bull’s power unit production director.
- Mercedes’ electronics team leader Omid Mostaghimi will become Red Bull’s head of powertrains, electronics and ERS.
- Mercedes’ power unit concept team leader Pip Clode, will become Red Bull’s head of mechanical design ERS.
- Mercedes’ engineering team leader Anton Mayo will become head of power unit design ICE.
- Mercedes’ trackside and final inspection manager Steve Brodie will become Red Bull’s Group Leader ICE Operations.
Red Bull has announced it will soon appoint a new Head of Mechanical Development, but his name will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Red Bull team boss and the CEO of Red Bull Powertrains Christian Horner gave his comments on the new signings.
“Red Bull’s mission to bring all aspects of its Formula 1 operations in-house through Red Bull Powertrains is an enormously exciting undertaking but also an extremely demanding one, and we know that success will only be achieved by bringing in the best and brightest talent, by providing them with the right tools and by creating the right environment in which they can thrive,” said the Briton.
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“Today’s key leadership team appointments demonstrate our strong commitment to those goals and we certainly benefit from our campus being located in the UK where we have access to a huge wealth of engineering talent.
“Working with our new technical director, Ben Hodgkinson, and alongside key personnel retained from Honda Racing Development, each of the senior personnel announced today bring a wealth of experience, expertise and innovation to the Red Bull Powertrains programme and provide us with the strongest possible technical platform for the future.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff recently gave his comments on Red Bull luring away Mercedes’ personnel.
“We will lose some, we will win some,” the Austrian said.
“But at the end of the day, I believe in the philosophy of Mercedes, and I believe that we are a really good employer.
“It’s a place where there’s high pressure, but there’s also a lot of fun. We can be proud of that and we have to rely on that.
“There will always be a back and forth. But let’s put it this way, I understand where Christian is coming from, he wants to build a structure and that’s where you have to write a big cheque sometimes.
“But that’s okay,” concluded Wolff.