|Team||Infiniti Red Bull Racing|
|Base||Milton Keynes, UK|
Red Bull Racing
Looking to bounce back
It’s the dawn of a new era for Red Bull Racing, with four-time Sebastian Vettel leaving the team at the end of 2014 to join Ferrari. However, the team retains the impressive Daniel Ricciardo, who outperformed his more decorated team-mate last year and was the only non-Mercedes driver to take victory, triumphing three times.
Australian Ricciardo will be joined by Russian Daniil Kvyat, who shone in his debut season with Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso in 2014, for Red Bull’s 11th season in the sport.
Red Bull was formed out the former Stewart Grand Prix team, created by three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, and Jaguar Racing, which represented a big budget but ultimately unsuccessful bid by motor giant Ford. Austrian drinks magnate Dietrich Mateschitz astutely bought the operation and its base at Milton Keynes in England, which has been comprehensively updated and expanded in recent years.
Joining the sport in 2005 and led by team principal Christian Horner and buoyed by the signing of technical genius Adrian Newey, the team steadily and confidently developed the outfit into a race-winning team.
In 2009, with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel after joining from Toro Rosso, the team scored its first-ever Grand Prix victory in China but it wasn’t until the following year that the car became the class of the field. Vettel battled with team-mate Mark Webber with the former snatching the title at the final race of the season. Incidentally, it was the first time Vettel had led the standings all season.
Red Bull’s domination continued in the next three seasons, with Vettel winning the drivers’ titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Webber left the team at the end of 2013, switching to endurance sports car racing, and Red Bull promoted Ricciardo to the race seat from Toro Rosso alongside Vettel.
The 2014 season was tough for Red Bull as their Renault power unit proved no match for the impressive Mercedes. But with a long winter to catch up and a young, hungry line-up, Red Bull should be in contention once again.