Red Bull have snapped up five more former Mercedes employees to join them this season, announcing an additional five members of staff for its new Powertrains department.
The Milton Keynes based team ruffled a few feathers last week, after announcing Ben Hodgkinson, a long-time Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains engineer, would be joining the recently formed Red Bull Powertrains as technical director.
At the time, the Red Bull chief Helmut Marko warned that more high-profile members of the Silver Arrows would be joining, with the announcement today five more former Mercedes members would be jumping ship.
“The decisive thing is, we didn’t have to persuade him at all,” Marko told F1 Insider. “Ben applied independently through our advertisement.
“Mercedes is now trying everything they legally can do to delay the start of his work. But it won’t take as long as Mercedes would like.
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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said: “Red Bull’s mission to bring all aspects of its Formula One 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.
“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 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.”
Red Bull are due to announce a new head of mechanical development to the team, whose will be announced in the coming weeks.