|Team||Red Bull Racing|
|Base||Milton Keynes, UK|
|Power Unit||Tag Heuer|
Red Bull Racing
Still playing catch up
Last year Red Bull could not match the three victories it managed in 2014 and the team’s season was dominated by its search for a new power unit supplier after relations with Renault broke down. The team tried and failed to secure engines from Mercedes and Ferrari and finally opted to continue with Renault power units that are rebadged as Tag Heuer for 2016.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo again teams up with Russian Daniil Kvyat, who scored his first podium for the squad, and in Formula One, at last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, for Red Bull’s 12th 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 squad.
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 teammate 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 engine proved no match for the impressive Mercedes. After a repeat performance in 2015, Red Bull is expecting another difficult year but hopes to overcome its power unit problems.