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F1 | Phil Prew’s addition a “statement of intent” of where Red Bull wants to be with the PU, says Horner

Christian Horner believes former Mercedes chief engineer Phil Prew is a “key signing” for the future of Red Bull Powertrains.

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F1 | Phil Prew’s addition a “statement of intent” of where Red Bull wants to be with the PU, says Horner
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As Formula 1 is working on the details of the new set of regulations that will take over the sport in 2026, Red Bull is shaping its very own Powertrains division.

The team has already taken on board various members from other teams and the latest addition in Milton Keynes is yet another recruitment from Mercedes: Phil Prew.

After 25 years in McLaren, Prew has been working as a chief engineer in Brackley since 2016.

“I’m delighted Phil is going to be joining the team, he has a phenomenal track record,” Team Principal Christian Horner told medias including MotorLat.

“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.”

At the end of 2021 Honda announced its withdrawal from Formula One and its then that Red Bull Powertrains was created.

The new division has been suppling Power Units to Red Bull and AlphaTauri since the start of this season and will continue to work alongside Honda until the end of 2025. 

“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,” continued Horner.

At Red Bull, he assures, they are set on “recruiting the best people for the future” and Prew is undoubtedly an excellent addition to the team.

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

“Adrian [Newey, Red Bull’s Technical Director] has known Phil from years ago, so I consulted his opinion, but he didn’t speak with Phil until on board.”

Now that all the key roles have been filled in, they are ready to start the real work.    

“We’ve got our management structure in place and obviously the harder work is on what will be - hopefully soon to be confirmed - 2026 regulations.” 

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