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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.
 

Brogan

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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?
 

RasputinLives

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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?
 

KekeTheKing

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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.
 

RasputinLives

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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.
 

ExtremeNinja

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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.
Same people, different shirts?
 

RasputinLives

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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
 

The Artist.....

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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!
 

ExtremeNinja

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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!
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(!)
 

Quintessentially

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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.
 

The Artist.....

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

KekeTheKing

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Anybody else hear anything about this?

Sep.21 (GMM) An audit by a company called Capgemini has found "discrepancies" in relation to Red Bull's budget in the context of last year's resource restriction agreement. That is the claim of Italian magazine Autosprint....

Earlier this year, boss Christian Horner denied claims the team flouted the FOTA-governed cost savings agreement by as much as EUR 60 million in 2010. Autosprint said the suspicion is that Red Bull broke the agreement by filing contentious information about its structure and workforce.

The magazine cited "sources" in claiming Red Bull figures have attempted to stop the Capgemini audit because it is an "invasion of privacy" requiring the release of "sensitive data".The report said the teams association FOTA, headed by McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh, wants a "clarification" at a meeting this week even though "at the moment there is no mention of any penalties".
http://f1.madeinmotorsport.com/en/headlines/news-f1-audit-shows--discrepancies--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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