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Red Bull Racing

Full name: Red Bull RacingRed Bull Racing logo
Base: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Team Principal: Christian Horner
First GP: 2005 Australian GP

Pole Positions: 5
Highest race position: 1st (x6)
Highest championship position: 2nd (x1)
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (5) and Mark Webber (6)
Test drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Brendon Hartley

Team biography

Red Bull Racing’s first season in F1 was in 2005 when Red Bull bought the Jaguar Racing team. Driving for in the RB1 in 05 was McLaren veteran David Coulthard, Christian Klien and Tonio Liuzzi. Klien & Liuzzi were supposed to share the second Red Bull race seat and switch after every four races, but it was the former Jaguar driver Klien who made the majority of appearances with F1 rookie Liuzzi only racing 4 times. The 2005 season was a relatively successful one, with Red Bull consistently finishing in the points, with David Coulthard in particular looking impressive. The team finished the season with 34 points and 7th in the constructors championship.

Despite scoring their first podium in 2006 when David Coulthard finished 3rd at Monaco, the 06 season was less successful for the now Ferrari-powered Red Bull team. They only scored 16 constructors points and an unsuccessful Christian Klien was replaced by Dutchman Robert Doornbos for the last 3 races of the season. They finished 7th again in the constructors championship.

RB3: The first Red Bull car designed by Adrian Newey

RB3: The first Red Bull car designed by Adrian Newey

Switching back to a Renault engine for 2007, Red Bull signed Mark Webber from Williams to drive the Adrian Newey designed RB3, alongside David Coulthard, with Klien leaving the team and Doornbos being demoted to third driver. Despite the driver changes, it was another inconsistent year for Red Bull. It got off to a shaky start but they improved in the second half of the season, with Webber scoring a 3rd place and Coulthard 5th at the Nuburgring, and a 4th place at Japan. However only 24 points ended up being scored in the constructors championship.

2008 showed much improved points consistency from Red Bull, with Mark Webber in particular impressing. The only podium of the season was a 3rd place from David Coulthard at Canada. The Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of the season marked the end of Coulthard’s glittering career in which he competed in 247 races, picking up 13 wins, 62 podiums and amassed 535 career points. Sadly however he could not bow out in style as he crashed out of the Grand Prix on the first lap, in the special-liveried Wings for Life Red Bull. RBR finished 7th in the constructors championship with 29 points.

The team scored six wins with the RB5, and challanged for both championships. Both went to Brawn GP though...

The team scored six wins with the RB5, and challanged for both championships. Brawn GP won both of them though...

For the 2009 season, Red Bull signed the young Sebastian Vettel from their sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso who had won STR’s only ever Grand Prix at Monza in 2009, meaning Red Bull had the perfect blend of youth from Vettel and experience from Webber to drive the RB5. The car was incredibly quick instantly and Red Bull picked up their first ever win at the Chinese Grand Prix. Not only was it a win but it was a one-two with Vettel taking the chequered flag ahead of Webber. Webber eventually took an emotional first Grand Prix win at the German Grand Prix after Vettel’s win at Silverstone in the previous race. Red Bull won the last 3 Grands Prix of the season with Vettel winning at Japan, Webber at Interlagos but surely the sweetest of them all came at the last race at the new circuit in Abu Dhabi when Vettel won ahead of Webber to take the team’s third one-two, rounding off a brilliant season.

In 2010 Red Bull will continue to race with a Renault engine and with Vettel and Webber at the wheel.

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