The Red Bull team made their official F1 debut back in 2005. However, the origin of the team themselves can be traced back to 1997. At that time, they were known as the Stewart Racing team, a team owned by F1 legend and triple World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart.
He sold the team to the American company, Ford, who rebranded the team to Jaguar Racing. The iconic British manufacturer would race in the sport until the end of the 2004 season. In the following year, Red Bull took up the reins. Though they were, at best, a midfield team in their early days, in 2009, the dynamic shifted completely.
They enjoyed a fairly strong start to their debut season when David Coulthard finished fourth in Australia. A year later, he bagged a maiden podium at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix. A few more intermittent podiums followed until 2009, when the team bagged their first win, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel.
That year, the team amassed six wins and finished second in the Championship. Then came the magnum opus, four Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles on the trot, all thanks to Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull’s dominant run in F1 ended with the introduction of the turbo-hybrid era in Formula 1. While the team still clinch the odd pole or win, they are yet to replicate their supremacy from the early 2010s.
As of September 2020, the team had 64 race wins, 182 podiums, and four Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in F1. The team has entered 304 races and amassed over a massive tally of 5043.5 points.
Part of what makes Red Bull such a unique F1 entity is their connection to Scuderia AlphaTauri. AlphaTauri, formerly known as Toro Rosso, is the Austrian outfit’s Italian sister team.
Red Bull Racing doesn’t necessarily ‘own’ AlphaTauri. Technically, both teams are owned by the famed drinks company – Red Bull GmbH. The Austrian company’s founder – Dietrich Mateschitz, purchased Red Bull (formerly known as Jaguar), followed by Toro Rosso (formerly known as Minardi), as part of a collaboration with former F1 driver Gerhard Berger.
Unofficially, AlphaTauri functions as a proving ground for Red Bull’s younger drivers who have the potential to step up and drive for Red Bull Racing.
According to reports, the team spent $335 million in their F1 ventures for the 2019 season.
As a reward for its efforts, the Milton-Keynes based outfit received approximately $335 million in prize money for the 2019 season. The Austrian outfit did not report a healthy profit, but thankfully, it wasn’t a loss.
The FOM split from the $335 million is reportedly $150 million (including bonuses).
In late 2017, the team announced Aston Martin as the team’s title sponsor as part of a technical partnership. The Milton-Keynes outfit have worked in close collaboration with Aston Martin to produce the hyper-car, Valkyrie.
“The relationship between Aston Martin and The Team began in 2016 after the two companies combined cutting edge F1 technology and Aston Martin’s signature sports car design to produce a ground breaking hypercar,” reads a statement from Red Bull.
In early 2020, the team announced that they would be ending their title partnership with Aston Martin following the 2020 F1 season. However, the Austrian outfit will work with the British manufacturer in delivering its hyper-car collaboration.
The F1 team are owned by the parent company and famed drinks brand- Red Bull GmbH. Red Bull was founded by Dietrich Mateschitz and Chaleo Yoovidhya. Currently, Mateschitz and Chalerm Yoovidhya own the brand.
The team’s title sponsor for 2020 is British car manufacturer, Aston Martin. Team partners include Rauch, Puma, Tag Heuer, W66, DITA, Pirelli, MyWorld, Piquadro, Iris, and AlphaTauri.
One of the main charities that the team support is the Wings for Life charity. This organization is dedicated to Spinal Cord research. Wings for Life focuses on researching treatments for the central nervous system. These treatments can either be therapies or drugs, aimed at healing.
|Drivers Champion||Sebastian Vettel|
|Prize Money Won||110.7 million|
|Drivers||Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez|
|Test Drivers||Alex Albon|