Red Bull has continued to strengthen its Formula 1 engine division by hiring five more senior engine staff from Mercedes.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit is currently constructing a new engine facility for its Powertrains project ahead of it taking over Honda’s power units in 2022.

Last month it confirmed it had signed Mercedes’ head of mechanical engineering Ben Hodgkinson as its new technical director, with a view to focusing on designing its own engine to meet the new regulations arriving in 2025.

On Thursday, Red Bull announced it had poached more personnel from the German manufacturer as part of its ongoing push to develop its own power unit.

Mercedes’ head of manufacturing Steve Blewett has been hired as the team’s power unit production director.

Omid Mostaghimi will become head of powertrains, electronics and ERS, leaving his post as Mercedes’ electronics team leader.

Pip Clode, who has worked as Mercedes’ power unit concept team leader, joins as head of mechanical design ERS.

Anton Mayo, a Mercedes engineering team leader, will be head of power unit design ICE, and Mercedes’ F1 trackside and final inspection manager Steve Brodie will become Group Leader ICE Operations.

Red Bull also plans to appoint a new Head of Mechanical Development, which will be named in due course.

“Red Bull’s mission to bring all aspects of its Formula 1 operations in-house through Red Bull Powertrains is an enormously exciting undertaking but also an extremely demanding one, and we know that success will only be achieved by bringing in the best and brightest talent, by providing them with the right tools and by creating the right environment in which they can thrive,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

“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.

“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 innovation to the Red Bull Powertrains programme and provide us with the strongest possible technical platform for the future.”