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Infiniti Red Bull Racing

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Infiniti Red Bull Racing
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Team information
F1 debutAustralian Grand Prix, 2005
Season line-up
Race driverSebastian Vettel
Race driverDaniel Ricciardo
Key members of staff
Team principalChristian Horner
Chief technical officerAdrian Newey

Red Bull’s progress from midfield team to front runner was hastened by the arrival of Sebastian Vettel in 2009. With the drawing board talents of Adrian Newey, and the pace of the young German, success quickly followed. In 2010, and for three more years after that, they together secured four consecutive titles, and Red Bull go into 2014 with the momentum, if not the reliability behind them.

F1 history

Energy drinks company Red Bull purchased their first Formula One team ahead of the 2005 season, hiring GP2 team boss Christian Horner as their team principal from the outset. The origins of the team date back to the late 1990s, when Sir Jackie Stewart created his own team alongside his son. The team were bought by main sponsors Ford, who rebranded them Jaguar, and in this guise they ran for the next five years in that distinctive green livery.

Ford put the team up for sale and Red Bull stepped up to buy, the Austrian company having previously been a sponsor for other F1 outfits and running its own successful young driver programme. David Coulthard was signed for the first season in 2005, and the drivers featuring in the other car would vary until Red Bull settled on Australian Mark Webber. At the end of their first year, the team secured the services of Adrian Newey as technical director.

Initially a midfield team, the car started to improve. In 2009, Sebastian Vettel was brought on board – the German having embarrassed Red Bull by winning in their sister team Toro Rosso, before the main team had seen the top step of the podium. With Vettel on board, and the fruits of Adrian Newey’s labours starting to pay off, the team finished that year in second place in the championship. In 2010, they won their first title and followed it up with three more.

It’s not all been easy going, as the team have been criticised for their liberal use of team orders – whether they were legal or not – and the relationship between Vettel and Webber wasn’t helped by the apparent favouritism towards the German. However, with Newey pushing at the loopholes of every regulation and Vettel winning on a constant basis, they dominated the early 2010s and secured those four consecutive titles. For the 2014 season, early pre-season running showed significant reliability concerns, but the team have the budget to catch up quickly.

Learn more about Red Bull with the Pocket F1 Handbook.