Christian Horner receives OBE
He has been awarded the OBE for his services to motorsport. After starting his career as a driver – he describes his talent behind the wheel as “average” – he soon moved to the management side. He joined Red Bull Racing for their first season in 2005 and has transformed the team from mid-field runners to triple constructors and drivers world champions.
Horner is also head of the Arden International team that has helped nurture and develop a number of current Formula One stars through the junior ranks including Sergio Perez and Heikki Kovalainen.
He is quoted by Sky Sports reacting to the news, saying: “It’s all a bit unexpected. Incredible really,”
“I’m naturally shocked, but I just feel very honoured and privileged to receive it. To be in the company of men and women who have achieved such great things for the country is something very, very special.
“This is right up there with what I have achieved in motor sport. You look at the list of people and that they have done across all different industries, charities, for their communities, then I’m hugely honoured.”
He will be the second Red Bull team member to receive an OBE after Chief Technical Director Adrian Newey was awarded one in the 2012 New Years honours list.
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