Purple Bull rent Ben Hodgkinson from Mercedes to guide new powertrains division in signal of ‘long-term intent’

Lengthy-time Mercedes man Ben Hodgkinson to affix Purple Bull to go up the Milton Keynes outfit’s new powertrain division, as they ramp up capabilities to turn out to be engine suppliers too past Honda’s F1 exit on the finish of this yr

Final Up to date: 23/04/21 1:52pm

Purple Bull have employed Ben Hodgkinson from rivals Mercedes to be the technical director of their all-new engine division.

Purple Bull say Hodgkinson, who has labored for Mercedes AMG Excessive Efficiency Powertrains in Brixworth for 20 years and has most lately held the place of head of mechanical engineering on the a number of world champions, will be a part of them as soon as the phrases of his present contract are fulfilled.

In what they’ve described as the corporate’s “single largest funding in F1” since launching their very own workforce in 2005, Purple Bull are creating their very own engine division for the primary time as they put together to take over Honda’s energy unit when the Japanese agency go away F1 on the finish of this season.

A brand new Purple Bull Powertrains division is at the moment underneath constructor at their Milton Keynes base.

Purple Bull say Hodgkinson’s key focus will probably be growing Purple Bull’s first energy unit for when the following era of engines are launched into F1 in 2025.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ben to Purple Bull Powertrains as technical director,” stated Purple Bull workforce boss Christian Horner.

“He involves this vastly thrilling venture as a confirmed race winner and as an innovator able to main a like-minded workforce of extremely expert engineers.

Red Bull and Mercedes in battle on track at Imola last weekend

Purple Bull and Mercedes in battle on monitor at Imola final weekend

“When Purple Bull introduced the creation of Purple Bull Powertrains it was additionally asserting a brand new section of the corporate’s ambition in Method 1 – to convey each side of automotive design in-house and to place our future in our personal arms.

“The final word expression of that’s the growth of a Purple Bull energy unit to fulfill the following era of Method 1 engine laws. Ben’s appointment indicators our long-term intent and we’ll assist him and his workforce with each obtainable useful resource required so as to succeed.”

Though Purple Bull had downplayed hypothesis they could try to lure the previous total head of Mercedes’ world-beating engine venture, Andy Cowell, to go up their new division, the seize of Hodgkinson is in itself a major first key rent for his or her engine venture.

“I am extraordinarily excited to be becoming a member of Purple Bull Powertrains as technical director,” stated Hodgkinson.

“It was not simple to make the choice to go away HPP after nearly 20 years however the alternative to tackle such a far-reaching and necessary venture is a superb honour.

“Purple Bull is a critical participant in Method 1 and have been our greatest rival within the hybrid period, so I am trying ahead to seeing what we are able to obtain collectively on this new section of the corporate’s journey.”

Mercedes and Purple Bull are nearly neck-and-neck within the nascent standings of this yr’s world championship. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen by a single level after two races, whereas the reigning seven-time constructors’ champions maintain a seven-point lead over their long-time rivals.