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Horner is new Red Bull boss 07 Jan 2005

Christian Horner (GBR) Arden International Team Principal. Arden International Headquarters, Banbury, England, 30 April 2004. World © Moy/Sutton

Red Bull have appointed Formula 3000 team owner Christian Horner as their new sporting director, with Tony Purnell and David Pitchforth both leaving the team.

Horner, head of the highly successful Arden F3000 squad, will jointly manage Red Bull Racing together with a new technical director, whose appointment will be announced within the next week.

The new pairing succeed Purnell and Pitchforth, respectively managing director and team manager of Jaguar Racing for the past season, both of whom spent the last few weeks working for Red Bull after overseeing the transition of the team to its new owners.

Red Bull will begin their first season in Formula One racing with McLaren veteran David Coulthard as their lead driver. His team mate will be either Christian Klien or Vitantonio Liuzzi, both men having signed identical contracts to race and test with the Austrian-owned squad.

Liuzzi, at least, is used to working closely with the new Red Bull boss. Racing for Arden he won the FIA International Formula 3000 drivers' title with ease last season, while Horner's squad wrapped up their third successive team crown.

Aged just 31, Horner will be far and away the youngest team boss on the Formula One grid in 2005.