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Discussion in 'Teams' started by FB, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. FB

    FB Not my cup of cake Valued Member

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    Red Bull Racing

    FIA Entry: Red Bull Racing Renault
    Car 1: Sebastien Vettel
    Car 2: Mark Webber
    Engine: Renault V8
    Team Owner: Dietrich Mateschitz
    Team Principal: Christian Horner
    Chief Technical: Office Adrian Newey
    Chief Designer: Rob Marshall
    Race Engineer Car 1: Guillaume “Rocky” Rocquelin
    Race Engineer Car 2: Ciaron Pilbeam

    Stats as of end 2010

    First Entered 2005
    Races Entered 107
    Race Wins 15
    Pole Positions 20
    Fastest Laps 12
    Driver World Championships 1
    Constructor World Championships 1

    Team History

    Before Red Bull

    In 1997 Paul Stewart, aided by his father Jackie and the Ford Motor Company, made the leap from F3000 to F1 as an entrant. Jonny Herbert won 1 race for the Stewart team before it was sold off to Ford who re-branded the cars as Jaguar.

    Ford stuck with it through thick and thin (mainly thin) through to the end of 2004 before selling the team to Dietrich Mateschitz, who owns the Red Bull drinks brand, for $1 on the understanding he invested $400 million over 3 years

    Red Bull Racing

    With Christian Horner installed as team principal, McLaren refugee David Coulthard and Christian Klien as the drivers Red Bull went racing. Their first season was certainly more successful than Jaguar had managed, even with the same Cosworth power plant, with Coulthard managing a 4th place at the European Grand Prix and the team finishing 7th in the Constructors Championship.

    Adrian Newey joined from McLaren as chief designer for 2006 and Red Bull swapped to Ferrari engines. Coulthard managed a podium at his "home" race in Monaco prompting Christian Horner to jump naked, other than wearing a red cape, into a swimming pool.

    Christian Klien, who shared the car with Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2005 and Robert Doornbos in 2006, departed the team for 2007 and was replaced by Mark Webber. The RB3 was the first full "Newey" car and was coupled with a Renault motor. The car was very unreliable, suffering from a variety of different problems but Webber managed a podium at the European Grand Prix and the team finished 5th in the WCC.

    Retaining the same engine and drivers for 2008 Red Bull slipped back to 7th in the WCC and again only managed a single podium, for Coulthard in Canada, but the reliability issues which plagued the car the previous season were mainly resolved.

    2009 was Red Bull's break through year. With Coulthard having retired Webber was joined by Red Bull junior driver Sebastien Vettel. The new rules allowed Newey to design a car which challenged for both the Drivers and Constructors Championship. Webber won 2 races, Vettel 4 and the team climbed to 2nd in WCC taking 3 pole positions en-route.

    In 2010 Red Bull justified Mateschitz's investment winning the Constructors title and Vettel the Drivers Championship. They won 9 races through the season, 5 for Vettel and 4 for Webber and took 10 poles. Webber led the title race for much of the season but it was the 23 year old Vettel who stole the title in the last race of the season and became the youngest Champion as a result.

    2011 sees the team retain the same driver line up as 2010 and continue with Renault engine power in the new RB7 car.
     
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  3. Quintessentially

    Quintessentially - Contributor

    They've taken good advantage of rule instability as well as introduced some cutting edge design but next season could mark the end of their dominance if this is not over already. I fully expect McLaren and Ferrari to return to the top next year.
     
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  4. Brogan

    Brogan Running Man Staff Member

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    Red Bull have extended their Renault engine deal for another 5 years.

    I guess it's not such a bad engine after all, eh Christian?
     
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  5. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Is it still going to badged as something else?
     
  6. Cookinflatsix

    Cookinflatsix Banned

    Infinity, that's the sports arm of their Japanese partner
     
  7. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Other than sponsorship/publicity does it make any difference that its technically an Infinity engine? I assume all the engines are produced at the same factory but as they are Infinity engines does that mean they are managed by a different set of engineers - is there a chance they could be set up differently? Or is it all about the name on the entry form?
     
  8. Cookinflatsix

    Cookinflatsix Banned

    I doubt anything at all will change except the name, maybe RBR might receive an invoice from a different department.
     
  9. KekeTheKing

    KekeTheKing Banned Supporter

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    I'm pretty sure Infiniti is only nominally involved. And I'm not sure how much bang for their buck they're getting with this partnership. Everyone knows it's a Renault, and they consequently refer to it as such.
     
  10. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    hmmm - would be interesting to find out. I just wonder if in a situation where if Renault provided all their teams with and engine at begining of the year and after 3 grand prixs found out they weren't performing to full capacity but if you did a little tinkering you could get them too for example whether Red Bull would have the expertise of the Renault engine mechanics on hand to deal with it or would have to rely on their new Infinty team having the same know how.
     
  11. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    Same people, different shirts?
     
  12. RasputinLives

    RasputinLives I was never cool at school. Contributor

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    Thats kind of what I'm asking I guess.

    In the days of Mugen-Honda they were Honda engines given to the people working at Mugen to sort out - hence why they were not quite as good as the Honda engines. I was wondering if the same could apply to Infinty/Renault but it appears that no one knows how its going to work.......probably not even Red Bull
     
  13. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    Christian Horner needs to sort his wonky teeth out. What a mashed up set of gnashers.
     
  14. teabagyokel

    teabagyokel #bringbackmaldo Valued Member

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    Adrian needs to redesign them to be more efficient. He's already blown hot air through them...
     
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  15. The Artist.....

    The Artist..... Champion Elect

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    As discussed elsewhere, it's a RENAULT badged engine in the back of the Red Bull. Infiniti only provide sponsorship, which just happens to pay for the engines. However, it's still badged as a Renault, and their entry to the FIA reflects this!
     
  16. ExtremeNinja

    ExtremeNinja Karting amateur Contributor

    You are right. Just read up on this. It was announced in February that the engines would be branded Infiniti. In March, it was announced that the sponsorship deal would go ahead without the re-badge(!)
     
  17. Cookinflatsix

    Cookinflatsix Banned

    Yes and from next season its going to be badged as an Infinity engine, and the FIA entry will reflect this
     
  18. Quintessentially

    Quintessentially - Contributor

    Infiniti is just a posh Nissan. Renault own nearly half (around 45%) of Nissan.

    As far as technical collaboration goes, I read it will be mainly on electronics as it's been announced they'll be helping Redbull develop their kers system. Engine will still be Renault badged.
     
  19. The Artist.....

    The Artist..... Champion Elect

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    And you can provide references to back this statement up? I agree, it might make sense, given that the sponsorship from Infiniti essentially pays for the engine, but what would anyone gain? Anyway, for a team to "over-supply" the grid, all that would be required would be for the agreement of all the other teams. Personally, I can't see many teams objecting to Renault supplying multiple teams....
     
  20. Quintessentially

    Quintessentially - Contributor

    Re-badging the engine as infiniti would be robbing Peter to pay Paul.
     
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  21. KekeTheKing

    KekeTheKing Banned Supporter

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    Anybody else hear anything about this?

    http://f1.madeinmotorsport.com/en/h...screpancies--in-red-bull-f1-budget-26944.html

    I'm actually a bit surprised that we haven't heard more of these allegations coming from, and regarding several of the teams. It's basically an "honor system" right.
     

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