13 January: The
Red Bull Racing team confirmed today that GŁnther Steiner was appointed Technical Director at the team joining Christian
Horner who took over last week as the Sporting Director of the team. Both replacing Tony Purnell and David Pitchforth
who ran Jaguar Racing. One of the first decisions by the new management team was to postpone the launch of the new car until the
start of the season in Melbourne.
A statement by Red Bull read "The new management line-up at the Red Bull Racing
Team was completed today with GŁnther Steiner officially confirmed as the team's Technical Director. This follows the announcement
last week that Britain's Christian Horner, 31, had accepted the post of Sporting Director of Red Bull Racing. Steiner, 39, from
Italy's South Tyrol region joins Horner from his previous post as Technical Director of Opel Motorsport (OPC). The first joint
decision by the young management duo involves the official presentation of the 2005 car. Due to the major changes that have taken
place at the team over the last few months, and with an awareness of the pressures involved in preparing for the start of the
season, the decision has been taken to postpone the launch, due to take place in Jerez on February 7. Red Bull Racing will now hold
their official car launch at the start of the season in Melbourne in March. Sporting Director Horner said: "We're in a phase
of restructuring and want to take advantage of every available day to prepare for our first year. We are concentrating all our
efforts on creating the conditions we need for our young team to get off to an optimal start this season."