Red Bull Racing, is a Formula One racing team, racing a Honda-powered car under an Austrian license and based in the United Kingdom. Christian Horner has managed the team since its formation in 2005. Red Bull dominated the world of Formula One from 2010 to 2013 to become the first Austrian team to win the title. Red Bull began its association with Honda in 2019.
The current Red Bull team traces its origins back to the Stewart Grand Prix and bought the team from the Ford Motor Company in 2004.
Cosworth engines (2005)
Red Bull’s debut season was a considerable success as the team performed much better than its predecessors Jaguar. Red Bull finished the season 6th in the championship with David Coulthard and Christian Klien behind the wheels of the car.
Ferrari engines (2006)
Ferrari and Red Bull joined hands for Red Bull’s second season in Formula One. The new card designed by Adrian Newey suffered from cooling issues throughout the season would suffer from unreliability on multiple occasions. The team would record its first podium at Monaco with David Coulthard but still finish the season 7th in the standings.
Renault engines (2007–2018)
Red Bull switched to Renault engines in 2007 and would take small steps towards the front. In a season where they signed Mark Webber to drive for the team, they achieved their second podium and would finish the season 5th in the standings. The 2008 season featured a consistent performance from Mark Webber in the first half followed by a podium for David Coulthard at Canada, However, the team would suffer massively in the second half and would even get overhauled by their sister team Torro Rosso in points and finish the season 7th in the standings.
In 2009, Red Bull made significant strides towards the front, taking advantage of a change in regulations. The team would record their first pole and first race victory at the hands of Sebastian Vettel and would run Brawn GP close for the title. Red Bull would finish the season 2nd in the championship, marking the start of their run at the front.
In 2010, Red Bull made further improvements to the car and was consistently the fastest car over a single lap although the team would struggle with reliability issues throughout the season. The season would feature Sebastian Vettel winning his first title in dramatic fashion at the last race of the season and Red Bull winning their first constructor’s title.
In 2011, Red Bull would stretch the gap even further to its competitors as Sebastian Vettel and the team would convincingly clinch both the drivers and constructors championship with races to spare. 2012 would feature a see-saw battle between Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Vettel would clinch his third title at the last race of the season and make it 3 out 3 for the team and the driver. In 2013 the team would suffer a few early jitters, suffering the most from the fragile Pirelli tire, but would regain their form and run away with both the championships.
The 2014 season would feature Formula One moving towards V6 Turbo engines and Mercedes starting their domination of the sport. Red Bull with Renault power units at the back of their cars would suffer majorly as the Mercedes power units held a huge power advantage over the rest of the grid, Red Bull would fall to second in the championship.
The situation would not improve in the 2015 season as the power deficit and unreliability would cause Red Bull to lose a chunk of points and fall further in the pecking order. Red Bull would finish the season 4th in the championship, their worst result in a while.
In the 2016 season, Red Bull would make a recovery of sorts. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo’s partnership would bring the team back to second in the championship as the team would start to close the gap to Mercedes.
In the 2017 season, Ferrari would make a huge stride when it comes to pace and Red Bull would be left as the third-best team on the grid. They’ll finish the season 3rd in the championship, some distance behind Mercedes and Ferrari. In 2018, the relationship between Red Bull and Renault would finally reach its last chapter, owing to the frustration of the performance of the engine and an inability to fight at the front, Red Bull parted ways with Renault and joined hand with Honda for the 2019 season.
Honda engines (2019–2021)
The Red Bull-Honda partnership would start its journey on a strong note as Max Verstappen would claim his first podium in the very first race. The partnership was able to put together results similar to what the Renault partnership had offered but Red Bull claimed that the partnership with Honda was harmonious. Red Bull finished 2019 3rd in the standings and aimed to challenge Mercedes for the title in 2020.
In 2020, Mercedes was able to find surplus performance from its engine and the car as they made a huge jump in performance. Red Bull, caught unawares by the progress couldn’t compete with the German team and would end the season 2nd in the championship. Throughout the season, however, the team was able to close the gap to the German outfit and was able to dominate the last weekend of the season.
Some of the prominent drivers to have driven for Red Bull Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Mark Webber, David Coulthard, and more.