Current Red Bull Racing

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.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
vintly im surprised by the reaction, because ive just got F1 best interests at heart. im quite likely a pessimist & this is a clash of pessimist where i think everything can go wrong & F1 under Bernie, liberty media & Domincali where they don't think anything could go wrong. i don't want F1 starting a season with 16 - 18 cars. or what was muted around the 2015 season 3 car teams or where we have B teams on the grid


it is miracle that we have kept 20 cars for so long, just in the last decade, 8 teams 6 of them are on the current grid have nearly fallen off it
Lotus, Force India, Caterham, Manor all nearly or did go Bankrupt
Haas left in all but name & Mazepin kept them on the grid
Sauber, Williams & Mclaren all had big money troubles, bailed out by Alfa Romeo, by hedge fund company & financial restructuring

whats wrong with wanting a safety net, so if the worst happens & a team does go under it doesnt risk F1 as an entirety & also the mechanics that have lost their job, have other teams to join
 
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Dartman

Pole Sitter
Owning and entering a F1 team is not a normal commercial decision for a non engineering or automotive associated company let alone two, if the decision is a board decision then no teams, if a family decision possibly for a limited time, it really depends on who holds the purse strings and their clout in the organisation or company, how RB was funded is not clear, there is no doubt that there is company sponsorship, but where RB F1 team as a company and its sister team are funded as separate entities is not clear.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
very good article


What is the greater offence, expressing a view with which you disagree and that you believe to be unfair, or shutting down the voice that expresses it? The latter vision is at play in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where only the state’s idea of the world is permitted and shared.

Now, none is saying that Red Bull’s boycott of Sky Sports in Mexico, and in particular its pit-lane reporter, Ted Kravitz, in protest at reporting considered to be biased is on the same scale at Putin’s deep state propaganda, but is does share a pernicious characteristic.

Free speech is central to the democratic principal. To deny it because you don’t like the position taken is an abuse of power and in extremis leads to a dark place. The facts are there for all to judge. If bias is in play, it will be seen as such by right-thinking people and treated accordingly with the contempt it deserves. If, however, right-thinking people share the view in question it might be because there is truth in it.

We are, of course, talking about the repeated claim made by Kravitz that Lewis Hamilton was robbed in Abu Dhabi last year according to the regulatory framework in place and the conventions surrounding it. Why Kravitz feels the need to revisit the topic is another issue. You would expect a broadcaster to be impartial, to deliver an honest account that gives due consideration to all sides. But it is for Sky to take Kravitz to task about this, not Red Bull. Protest by all means but don’t abuse your position in doing so.

Moreover, though Kravitz is employed as a pit-lane reporter he is also given licence to entertain in a regular item entitled “Ted’s Notebook“. Thus indulged, Kravtiz goes off piste with any number of revelatory asides. In this area taking a view is not only expected but necessary, or what’s the point?

Since this part of the programming attracts viewers that are likely familiar with F1’s techy ante-chambers, fluent in the lingua franca of the petrolhead, many arguably know as much if not more about the subject than Kravitz and are unlikely to be influenced by his meanderings. They are grown-ups capable of arriving at their own understanding of things.

Either way Red Bull are the party that looks silly and petulant in all this, not Kravitz. Returning to the subject of Red Bull’s ire, a subsequent investigation by the FIA acknowledged faults in the system that led to the unusual prosecution of the final laps in Abu Dhabi under the authority of race director Michael Masi. That the FIA rejected Mercedes’ official protest yet removed Masi from his post is a contradiction only the FIA can explain.

What is not in doubt is this, there was no precedent for Masi acting as he did. As the rules were written, there was simply not enough time to restart the race after the withdrawal of the safety car. If the rules had been applied properly then Hamilton and not Max Verstappen would have been crowned champion, and for the eighth time.

Kravitz is not the only one of this opinion. But it is only that. An opinion. It does not change the fact that Verstappen won the race and the championship. The unusual circumstances were legitimised by the FIA when they upheld Masi’s actions following a post-race protest. That’s a fact too.

Verstappen has repeatedly claimed that he is at ease with the decisions taken, untroubled by what history might make of it. He did his job, drove brilliantly all season and at the end of it, he had amassed more points. On we go. Except that is clearly not the case. It troubles him greatly otherwise the witterings of Kravitz would not trigger the dictator’s impulse.

It is the recipient of an insult that gives the dig its power. If Verstappen really felt there were nothing in the claim he would laugh it off, just as he would were you to accuse him of being a big-nosed Englishman. One, he doesn’t have a big nose, and two he is not English. That kind of insult would carry nil power and make the accuser look silly.

It is a great pity it ended as it did in Abu Dhabi because Verstappen’s talent is deserving of multiple championships. And it was a profound error to shut down Kravitz and the Sky team in Mexico, an act of petulance that does him no credit. Worse still, it might harden opinion against him.
 

Tuscan1969

Podium Finisher
Could not agree more F1Brits_90 Max reverting to petulant child mode.

His driving was phenomenal last year (most of the time) and no-one is suggesting Max or Re Bull gave Masi a huge backhander but clearly he still feels he did not truely win the last race and was handed it …….thus his discomfort.
 
Max didn't do anything wrong. When you're in the car, you race and try your best no matter what happens. I do think Hamilton should have won the title but it didn't play out that way. It was the bad call and that's why I feel bummed about the whole thing. Although, I feel like if it ended under safety car conditions, everyone would slam Hamilton for winning that way. No matter what, a whole team and group of people were going to get burned. I just wish F1 handled it better.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Red Bull caught lying. Again. I’m shocked.
Awkward Andy Samberg GIF by Brooklyn Nine-Nine
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Red Bull caught lying. Again. I’m shocked.
like Vettel 2013 dejavu. as i saying last Monday that what red bull get for hiring fun uncle Christian as boss. this isnt toto Wolff who laid the law down in Belgium 2016? from no uncertain terms said if you 2 ever do that again i will bench you

but im assuming the conversation when the same as nearly a decade ago

Horner - you must not disobey us again otherwise there will be consequences

Max/Seb - but there wont be. as your not going to drop me.

Webber/Perez - so is that it, he gets away with murder with no consequences

Horner - unfortunately
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff Member
Premium Contributor
FiA promise they will investigate Red Bull. They will. Honestly. Promise. They'll definitely do it.

They've just got to finish an important meeting, then complete the annual stationery order, oh and one of the admin team is leaving so they're all going out for a curry, the meeting room where they normally conduct investigations is closed for a few weeks to be redecorated, oh, and someone has lost the office pencil sharpener.

The best bet is to have a quick chat with Red Bull and if they say they didn't do anything wrong, leave it at that.
 

GeoffP

Wake me when we’re there
Contributor
No one is going to find a problem with what Perez did in Monaco - his sponsorship enables Red Dull to afford the fines and throw all their efforts behind their number one driver. Add that to the fact that Perez can manage his tyres, so can create many opportunities to get in other drivers way.

Red Dull want him, Jack Horner wants his and the spoilt brat son of the crash demon wants him…. They just want him behind
 

Hamberg

Those who know, they know
Contributor
FiA promise they will investigate Red Bull. They will. Honestly. Promise. They'll definitely do it.

They've just got to finish an important meeting, then complete the annual stationery order, oh and one of the admin team is leaving so they're all going out for a curry, the meeting room where they normally conduct investigations is closed for a few weeks to be redecorated, oh, and someone has lost the office pencil sharpener.

The best bet is to have a quick chat with Red Bull and if they say they didn't do anything wrong, leave it at that.
Is it a sign of madness that I keep thinking soon, they’ll hold them to account? I feel it is.
 

Il_leone

World Champion
You know Red Bull according to the Race on YouTube thinks their statement actually did nothing to defuse the situation. Max got away again and why leave it that long to say something. Clearly Max is untouchable and they talk about the social media abuse to protect him and stop being painted as a villain
 
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