Horner Happy for Wirdheim

Christian Horner, the manager of Bjorn Wirdheim and now Formula One Red Bull Racing boss, has tipped his former driver to put up a strong challenge in the Champ Car World Series after the Swede signed to drive for HVM

Horner Happy for Wirdheim

Wirdheim raced for two years under Horner at Arden before securing a test driver role at Jaguar Racing last year but was forced to look elsewhere for a drive when the team was taken over by Red Bull Racing.

Horner admitted he is no longer taking an active role in the management of Wirdheim and said: "From a distance I give him my advice and opinion, but with what I am doing at Red Bull it is impossible for me to be directly involved.

"But I think it is a good opportunity for him. He needs to go racing, that was always his strength and it sounds like it is a respectable team. Hopefully it will give him the opportunity to demonstrate the ability he showed at Arden."

Wirdheim has been courting teams in the United States for some time and although he has left it late to secure his drive, Horner believes he will soon get up to speed and challenge at the front.

"I think their first race is pretty soon, so it doesn't give him much time to prepare," said Horner, who is in Bahrain for the third F1 Grand Prix of the year. "But I think he will get on with it and do a decent job."

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