When Did Red Bull Racing Make Their Debut in F1?

Published 08/14/2021, 10:33 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during practice for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Red Bull Racing are one of the two teams to stun the entire F1 community with spectacular on-track dominance against rivals through the 2010s, and hopefully, the 2020s as well. The Milton Keynes outfit started off the proceedings in 2010 by snatching their first championship title with Sebastian Vettel.

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And what followed were three more triumphant seasons before the hybrid era dethroned Red Bull and replaced them with Mercedes. Now, after almost eight years, the tide is yet again starting to fall on Red Bull’s side. However, in place of Vettel stands the flying Dutchman, Max Verstappen.

He is in the middle of a hard battle with archrival Lewis Hamilton to secure his first world championship title and consequently end Red Bull’s decade-long dry spell. This is definitely impressive for a racing team that hailed from an energy drink brand, which is completely irrelevant to the automotive industry.

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Hence, amidst this unexpected glory, ever wondered the root of Red Bull’s success in F1? Where did the journey begin for the four-time title-winners?

Origin of Red Bull

The Red Bull Racing originated in 1997 through a team named Stewart Grand Prix, which was owned by British racing legend, Sir Jackie Stewart. However, the former world champion sold his team later in 1999 to Ford, who subsequently rebranded the team to Jaguar Racing.

However, in 2004, Ford gave up on their F1 dream and put the ‘Jaguar Racing’ outfit up for sale, which Red Bull bought on the final day of the sale; that purchase officially marked the arrival of Red Bull into the F1 paddock.

There were concerns over this gamble, considering even a proper racing outfit like Ford couldn’t thrive in the F1 environment. However, the Raging Bulls proved the predictions wrong in the very first race.

Red Bull’s official F1 debut

Red Bull stuck with Cosworth engines in 2005 and made their debut at the season-opener, the Australian Grand Prix. David Coulthard and Christian Klien were the two lined-up drivers for the Bulls.

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The focus was on the qualifying session and both the drivers showcased excellent pace on the track to secure a top-six start to the race. Red Bull locked out the third row on the grid all to themselves.

David Coulthard of Scotland takes the Red Bull Racing RB7 out for a demonstration run at The Ignition Festival of Motoring at SECC on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images for Red Bull Racing)

And eventually, in the race, Coulthard had to defend hard against the Williams of Mark Webber to reach home in P4. Behind the duo came Klien in P7, handing the Milton Keynes outfit an astonishing start to their F1 career.

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The debut race weekend saw Red Bull take home seven points, which was the third-highest points haul for a team after Renault and Ferrari. The 2005 race in Australia marked the first chapter of Red Bull’s course in Formula 1, which is still going strong after 16 years.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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