Horner Has No Interest In Ex-Mercedes Engine Chief Cowell, Here’s Why

Shloke Sarkar

Former Mercedes Engine Chief, who allowed for Mercedes to be dominant for over half a decade, Andy Cowell is not on Milton Keynes based Red Bull’s shortlist when it comes to hiring for the company’s new engine organisation, but, the reason for this is not what you think.

Christian Horner has not added Cowell, who walked away from Formula 1 back in June of 2020 after calling it quits post a seven-year gig at German team Mercedes High-Performance Powertrains because the Red Bull chief believes that the ex-Mercedes employee has no interest in returning to F1.

This is quite saddening, since the years of his gig included a run of six championships, seven, if you include the 2020 season, to which Cowell had a significant contribution.

Saying his goodbyes, the exec was linked to Ferrari, but, the Maranello based team denied these rumours sooner than later.

Despite all this, rumours regarding his chances at joining Red Bull were running high, post the team announcing the formation of a new company, since it was taking over Honda’s IP and running its units as the team’s own, under its Red Bull Powertrains organisation.

Where Does Christian Horner Come Into Cowell and His Career?

F1 fanatics however should not expect Cowell to join the team, since Red Bull team boss Christian Horner had this to say to Motorsport.com about the prospect of hiring the Briton: “What he’s achieved obviously in the recent 10 years of the sport has been mightily impressive.

“He was obviously a lynchpin of what Mercedes and HPP have delivered.

“I think he’s obviously chosen to pursue, I think, other activities outside of Formula 1. “But of course, as far as engines are concerned, he’s been the guy that has delivered year on year. “But my understanding is that his interests currently lay outside of Formula 1.”

Horner did confirm that the team are hunting for personnel to allot for the new engine company. The team will be assisted by Honda personnel in 2022, some are expected to join the company, whilst most might be shifted to a long term role.

“Obviously we will inherit the vast majority of HRD UK, which is the operational side of Honda, based in Milton Keynes,” said Horner.

“So that gives us a standing start, in that already all the people we already know and interface with, we’ll look to take under the new company.

“Then we are in the process of setting out some of the other roles that will be filled in the next coming weeks and months. But I think the agreement we’ve achieved with Honda just buys us time to assemble the right group of people.”

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