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The Rise of Red Bull Racing

In this feature taking a look back at the history of Red Bull Racing in F1, budding motorsport reporter Manish Patel reflects on a team that over the past five years, has inexorably worked its way up the grid...
It's fair to say that there were a few raised eyebrows when Red Bull bought Jaguar in November, 2004. Many people thought they were in the sport just to promote their products. How wrong are they now?

Fast forward to 2010, and both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel still remain in contention to be crowned F1 World Champion this year. Just shows you how far the team has come. Where are the critics now?

It has been an eventful 2010 season not only for Red Bull, but for the whole paddock. Red Bull's season could so easily have gone downhill after the Istanbul shenanigans, but give credit where it is due.

The team have performed particularly well this year, and they have continued where they left off last year.

Webber has been terrific this season, and many neutrals would like to see the Aussie crowned world champion for 2010. This season could be Webber's last opportunity to become the drivers' champion before he hangs up his crash helmet.

I fear that if Mark is not world champion this year, then he may not get another chance. Only time will tell.

As for Sebastian, the German is only 23 and he will have plenty of opportunities to chase his first drivers' crown. Who knows, it may be this year that he becomes world champion?

The fact that Vettel has many seasons in Formula One ahead of him is one reason why neutrals would like to see Webber win the drivers' title.

We are in for a cracking end to the 2010 season, and it will be interesting to see how Red Bull Racing approach the final two races.

Where did it all start?

The 15th of November, 2004 was the day that Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz announced that the Austrian drinks company had brought Jaguar Racing.

Red Bull Racing were in business, and Christian Horner was installed as team principal. David Coulthard led the team with Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi as the number two drivers for the 2005 season.

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06.08.2006 Budapest, Hungary,  Dietrich Mateschitz (AUT), Owner of Red Bull (Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday
Dietrich Mateschitz
Saturday, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
Christian Horner
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position
Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Qualifying, Press conference, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position and Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 3rd position
Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 leads Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 race winner and Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 2nd position
Sebastien Ogier, Red Bull, RB7, F1 test [Credit: Red Bull Content Pool]
Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H

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speedlover - Unregistered

November 04, 2010 6:21 PM

Dont know Manish Patel, but in my opinion he must be either British or an Aussie. The article is mainly about Mark Webber. However his criticism about Vettel is totally wrong. If he had analysed all the Gp's of this season he would have found out that Vettel was already WC without the mechanical problems he encountered. And probably without this bad fortune, Vettel might have been less frustrated and could have avoided his mistakes and subsequently would have completely blown away the whole opposition. On the other hand, where would RBR be today with 2 other drivers, lets say Hamilton and Kubica or Alonso and Button?

Manish Patel - Unregistered

November 04, 2010 6:40 PM

@speedlover I totally understand where you are coming from and you are perfectly entitled to have you say. And yes I am British. As for Sebastian Vettel, he has been unlucky at times this season but at the end of the day he has been rash at times as well e.g. Look what he did at Turkey and Belgium. Don't get me wrong he will be a future Formula 1 World Champion but he does need to cut out making mistakes. Mark Webber has been brilliant for Red Bull during the last two seasons and he does deserve a lot of praise. Its only fair if I do talk about him. Many F1 fans I have spoken to have said they would like to see Webber crowned World Champion.

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