|Red Bull Racing|
Sunday, 16 October 2005 23:34
Red Bull Racing is one of two (along with Scuderia Toro Rosso) Formula One teams owned by Austrian beverage company Red Bull. The team is managed by Christian Horner, boss of the Arden International F3000 team.
Red Bull Racing was not the start of Red Bull's involvement in motorsport. Setting up a Formula One team of its own meant that Red Bull had to end its long-term partnership with the Sauber Formula One team. The drinks company also runs a young drivers programme, Red Bull Junior Team, whereby Red Bull sponsors promising young drivers. High-profile drivers who have received this backing include Enrique Bernoldi, Christian Klien, Patrick Friesacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed. Red Bull also sponsors many drivers and teams competing in the GP2 Series, Formula One's "feeder" series.
Red Bull Racing is now seen as politically close to Ferrari (much like Sauber used to be). It is one of only four teams (the others being Ferrari, Midland F1 and WilliamsF1) to have signed the Concorde Agreement beyond 2007, guaranteeing its long-term involvement in Formula One.
Debut Season - 2005
For the second car, Red Bull would naturally select a driver from its own driver programme. But there was a problem â€” which one? Christian Klien already had his foot in the door, as he drove for Jaguar in 2004. But Red Bull wanted to promote its other drivers as well, so Klien had to share his car with 2004 F3000 champion Vitantonio Liuzzi. At first it was announced that Klien and Liuzzi would swap about every few races, but in reality Klien was given far more time in the car than Liuzzi. In line with this trend, Red Bull announced in the off-season that Klien would retain the second race seat for 2006, while Liuzzi will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso(see below)
Red Bull's first year in Formula 1 has been a massive success, compared to their predecessors Jaguar Racing. They were 6th in the Constructors Championship for most of the time, only beaten by the fast-improving BAR Honda's at the end of the season. In a single season they have amassed more points than Jaguar did in 2003 and 2004. Coulthard, after a poor 2003 and 2004 with McLaren proved to be a revelation for the team while Klien showed that he has vastly improved from 2004. In all they collected 34 Points, 24 for Coulthard, 9 for Klien and 1 for Liuzzi. Red Bull has been a consistent points and occasional podium challengers for most of the season.
Another driver that Red Bull wants to promote is the aptly-named Scott Speed, who rose through the ranks in the American equivalent of Red Bull Junior Team, Red Bull Driver Search. The promising American driver has impressed onlookers with his performances in GP2 (although he is yet to win a race). Speed is also attractive to Red Bull because he is an American, which could increase the profile of both Red Bull and Formula One in America, a market where the sport has struggled to make an impact. Speed was Red Bull Racing's third driver in 2005 for the Canadian and United States Grand Prix, and has also been confirmed as Liuzzi's partner at Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006.
Second Season - 2006
In the autumn of 2005, Red Bull announced that they had purchased the Minardi Formula One team, and it shall be known as Scuderia Toro Rosso (Italian for Red Bull Stable) from 2006 onwards. Scuderia Toro Rosso will operate as a separate team, using a chassis based upon last year's Red Bull Racing RB1 Chassis, limited V10 Cosworth engine and Michelin Tyres. The team is expected to be used as a 'B' team, so that Red Bull is able to work with and develop more drivers than is possible for Red Bull Racing alone.
Arguably Red Bull Racing's most significant move since the team's inception was the November 8, 2005 poaching of highly successful technical director Adrian Newey from McLaren.
On December 15 2005 the team's second car, the Red Bull Racing RB2, hit the track for the first time. David Coulthard completed a handful of laps of the Silverstone circuit in England, and declared the new car was a "sexy thing." In early testing Red Bull was plagued with cooling problems and overheating of car components, but it has appeared on recent tests that those problems have been done away with.
At the opening race of the 2006 season in Bahrain the team returned with a strong showing. Unlike 2005, it was Christian Klien who outshone Coulthard. Qualifying an impressive eighth (ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault and both BMWs), he ran seventh for much of the race but was passed in the closing stages by Nico Rosberg. Coulthard had problems when he flat spotted a tyre fighting with Nick Heidfeld, and finished 10th; the cooling problems returned when his Ferrari engine expired on the slowing down lap, forcing a grid penalty for the following race. In Malaysia, Coulthard made an impressive start from the back of the grid but was forced to retire with hydraulic problems, while Klien had an opening lap incident with Kimi Raikkonen, forcing both of them to retire.Coulthard got a point in the Australian Grand Prix after Scott Speed was penalised for passing him under the yellow flags.The following races were marred with retirements and lowly finishes.
Monaco proved to be a much better race for the team as Coulthard scored a brilliant 3rd place. This was the first podium for Red Bull Racing. An interesting aside to this result was that occurred at the same track, that both Stewart Grand Prix and Jaguar, the teams two predecessors had score their maiden podiums.
Image and Marketing
In the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, they supported the movie "Superman Returns", which continues the line of marketing innovations, after the "Star Wars" frenzy of 2005.
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