Formula 1: Senior Mercedes figure joins rivals Red Bull

Red Bull have recruited a senior figure from rivals Mercedes to lead their new Formula 1 engine programme. Ben Hodgkinson, head of mechanical engineering at Mercedes High Performance Powertrains, will become technical director at Red Bull’s equivalent department. Red Bull said Hodgkinson would take over his new position “once the terms of his current contract with HPP are fulfilled”. A statement added: “[This is] a key leadership role heading up all technical aspects with a key focus on developing Red Bull’s inaugural power unit, to comply with the new Formula 1 regulations currently planned for 2025.”. “The ultimate expression of that is the development of a Red Bull power unit to meet the next generation of F1 engine regulations.

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