Red Bull signs another five Mercedes powertrain employees for new engine division

Red Bull's aggressive recruitment drive continues with another five Mercedes employees moving across to its powertrains division

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Red Bull has poached another five Mercedes employees for its new powertrains division

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Red Bull has picked another five Mercedes employees to become part of its powertrains team in an expansion of its senior leadership structure.

The announcement of the new senior appointments also included a promise that a new head of mechanical development would be following soon and announced in the next few weeks.

Red Bull will take over the running and development of the Honda power unit following the Japanese manufacturer’s departure from F1 at the end of the current season.

Its aggressive recruitment plan has already resulted in the poaching of talent from its F1 championship rivals, with the team announcing earlier this year of Ben Hodgekinson moving across from Brixworth to Milton Keynes as technical director of its power unit division.

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The latest five to be targetted from Mercedes includes Steve Blewett, Omid Mostaghimi, Pip ClodeAnton Mayo and Steve Brodie. Blewett will take the role of PU production director, Mostaghimi will become Head of Powertrains Electronics and ERS, Clode Head of Mechanical Design ERS, Mayo becoming Head of PU Design ICE and Brodie the Group Leader ICE Operations.

Each member of the team has experience working at Mercedes on its power units that have taken the world championship seven seasons running in an undefeated run going back to the 2014 season.

“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,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said of the announcement.

“Working with our new Technical Director, Ben Hodgkinson, and alongside key personnel retained from Honda Racing Development, each of the senior personnel announced today bring a wealth of experience, expertise and innovativity to the Red Bull Powertrains programme and provide us with the strongest possible technical platform for the future.”