F1 legend Ron Dennis knighted, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner awarded a CBE

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The former McLaren CEO will officially become Sir Ron Dennis after receiving a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list from King Charles the III.

The 76-year-old had previously been handed a CBE for his work at McLaren and in Motorsport. During his tenure at the Woking-based squad, Dennis won seven Constructors’ Championships. The team also took ten Drivers’ Championships with a number of drivers considered to be in the greatest of all time category.

  • Sir Lewis Hamilton (2008)
  • Mika Häkkinen (1998 and 1999)
  • Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990 and 1991)
  • Alain Prost (1985, 1986 and 1989)
  • Niki Lauda (1984)

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He famously led the team to 15 wins out of a possible 16, as well as 11 consecutive ones in 1988. Red Bull ultimately broke both those records in 2023, though.

However, it’s his work away from Motorsport with two organisations that has seen him receive this promotion.

He is a patron for Tommy’s Campaign. According to their website, they “campaign to raise awareness of baby loss, help grieving families feel less alone, and share the latest research-led information and advice with parents-to-be so they can have the healthiest pregnancy possible.”

He’s also the chairman and founder for Podium Analytics. They’re dedicated to “bringing together the best minds in science, technology, academia and sport to keep people playing the sport they love for longer.”

As for Christian Horner, he’s been elevated to a CBE for his services to Motorsport following ten years as an OBE.

In his eighteen years as team boss for Red Bull Racing, the team has won seven Drivers’ Championships (Sebastian Vettel x4 and Max Verstappen x3), as well as six Constructors’ Championship titles.

Aside from the aforementioned records they broke, this year was the first time they secured a 1-2 in the Drivers’ Championship. They demolished the record for most points scored in the Constructors’ Championship, too.

Christian Horner

“It was an unexpected distinction a decade ago to be presented with an OBE and to receive this second award, a CBE, is one for which I am hugely grateful and deeply honoured.

“It is a great privilege to lead and work alongside such a phenomenal Team as Oracle Red Bull Racing and also to work in an industry that contributes so much to the United Kingdom’s economy.

“I am enormously proud of what we have achieved with Red Bull in Formula 1 and in the wider high technology arena and I am hugely honoured to be recognised for that effort.”

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