Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes it would be “great” if Tesla and Twitter founder Elon Musk got involved in Formula 1, with the Briton noting how Musk’s “talent” would be brilliant for the new power unit regulations in 2026.
Musk was in attendance at the recent Miami Grand Prix where he was spotted in Red Bull’s garage and hospitality, with a photo of the tech billionaire and reigning World Champion Max Verstappen having circulated on social media.
Musk was also seen in conversation with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem as well as with Horner, where he challenged Red Bull to a race with one of his electric cars.
According to Fox Sports, Musk is supposedly interested in investing in F1, something which would likely go down poorly with fans, mostly due to his actions since having bought Twitter.
Horner actually shared during the week what Musk spoke to him about whilst at the Miami International Autodrome, with him having to no surprise been fascinated by the batteries used amongst the power unit.
“It was great to see him coming to a Formula One race, and embracing the combustion engine again!” Horner told the Financial Times.
“I think he was very impressed with the technology, obviously an incredibly bright guy, wanted to know all about the battery and so on, and the power and the output of the car.
“Then he threw down the gauntlet of wanting to race us with one of his electrical vehicles, but then realised that they could only do half the race…”
Horner went on to explain why Musk was in the Red Bull garage in the first place and how it was a pleasure to meet the South African, whom Horner would support should he wish to get involved in the sport.
“He’s a partner with Larry Ellison from Oracle, who is our title partner. It’s always great to meet people like that because they’re so involved in the tech and so forward thinking as well.
“Formula 1 has a big regulation change in 2026 where the battery becomes ever more pertinent so it would obviously be great to attract talent like that to invest in Formula 1.”