Red Bull F1 team was formed in 2005, after buying the Jaguar Team from Ford. Their first season was relatively successful, with the team scoring points consistently. With David Coulthard scoring 24 points, Christian Klien scoring 9 and Vitantonio Liuzzi just one – the team finished 7th overall. 2006 was less successful than the first with the team scoring just 16 points, despite being on the podium for the first time. They were 7th overall again.
In 2007, the team struggled with reliability in the first half of the season, rarely seeing both cars finish. However, upgrades mid-season improved this and, in the European Grand Prix, David Coulthard finished in 3rd and Mark Webber was 5th. Strong results followed and by the end of the season the team was in 5th position. A poor season in 2008 saw Red Bull beaten by Toro Rosso, who scored the first win for a Red Bull owned F1 team. Red Bull dropped from 5th to 7th in the standings.
A quick car and a strong driver line-up (Webber and Vettel) see Red Bull have a hugely impressive season in 2009. Vettel gave the team their first pole and win in China and the team get 5 more wins after this. Dominating the end of the season, they challenge Brawn for the constructors’ championship, finishing just 18.5 points behind. Sebastian Vettel ends the season on 84 points, 2nd behind champion Jenson Button.
With the fastest car in 2010, Red Bull were set to win the opening races of the season. However reliability issues meant they had to wait until race 3 for their first win. In the Turkish Grand Prix, Vettel attempted an overtake on Webber but this resulted in a collision putting him out of the race and Webber finished 3rd. This incident caused an argument between the two drivers as both blamed the other for the crash which lost Mark Webber the victory. By the end of the season the team had 9 wins and 498 points which gave them both titles.
Dominating in 2011, Red Bull and Vettel were unbeatable, scoring 11 wins. Webber won just a single race. The dominance of both Red Bull and Vettel saw them take both titles with 3 races to spare. Rule changes in 2012 saw them win less races and made the Drivers’ title fight go down to the last race but they still won both Championships.
2013 was even better than 2011 for the team with Vettel winning 13 races, matching Schumacher’s record for most wins in a season. This saw them win both titles in India. However, in 2014 this success came to an end. Webber retired from F1 and Ricciardo replaced him. A less competitive car in a season controlled by Mercedes meant the team only won three races, all of which were won by Ricciardo after the Mercedes drivers hit trouble. Ricciardo ended the season in 3rd but Vettel was unable to win a race and finished 6th.
At the Japanease GP, Vettel announced he was moving to Ferrari for 2015. This meant that Daniil Kvyat joined Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull in 2015. During a tough year, they ended 2015 with no confirmed engine supplier after a fallout with Renault. However, they decided to remain with them for 2016.
Starting the 2016 season with Ricciardo and Kvyat, it was looking promising with a podium in China. Then, following a series of incidents involving Kvyat, Verstappen was promoted to the Red Bull team ahead of the Spanish GP. He then went on to win this race. The team went on to secure another 16 podiums in the remainder of the season, to finish second in the Constructors’.
2017 was a frustrating season for the team, with multiple relaibility issues hampering both drivers. However, they won three races – one for Ricciardo from 10th in Azerbijan and 2 for Vertappen in Malaysia and Mexico. They finished 3rd in the championship.
Retaining the same drivers for 2018, Red Bull believe they have the strongest driver line-up on the grid.