Team Red Bull Racing
Base Milton Keynes, UK
Power Unit Tag Heuer
Car RB13

Red Bull Racing


Aero king to the fore

Last year Red Bull could not take the fight to Mercedes in the constructors' battle, but it was the only other team to score race wins during F1's longest-ever season.

For Red Bull's 12th season in the sport, Australian Daniel Ricciardo teams up with F1 sensation Max Verstappen. The pair were thrown together after the early flyaway rounds last year, where Red Bull opted to demote Daniil Kvyat and give his seat to Verstappen, who promptly won his first race for the team at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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, 2015 and 2016 seasons was tough for Red Bull as their Renault engine proved no match for the impressive Mercedes. But Ricciardo did at least give the team another win in 2016 when he triumphed ahead of Verstappen in Malaysia.

The new, heavily aerodynamic 2017 F1 cars hand Red Bull the chance to exploit Newey's status as the sports aero expert and has give it hope that it will finally overcome its engine issues to get on terms with Mercedes.