From the bravery and skill of the drivers battling for titles, to the vision and brilliance of the Paddock's engineers and designers, Formula One is a sport which often celebrates individual achievement over team effort. However, the truth is that no such achievement could be realised without the commitment, passion and dedication of a host of unsung heroes in the garage, Paddock, Factory and the wind tunnel. In short, the team is all. From the moment Red Bull Racing first turned a wheel in Formula One, at the start of the 2005 season, it was always clear that if the ultimate goal of championship victories were to be reached it would only be done if the team invested in F1's most crucial assets – people and experience.
For the team's first season Red Bull brought in Christian Horner, boss of the immensely successful Arden F3000 team as team principal, while the hugely experienced David Coulthard was hired to lead the team on the track. The team's second car was shared by two Red Bull Junior Team drivers: Austria's Christian Klien and Italian rookie Vitantonio Liuzzi. The team went on to finish seventh in the Constructors' Championship.
Off-track, the team's impact was just as immediate, as it brought a ‘work hard, Play hard' attitude to the paddock. With its three-storey Energy Station as its travelling HQ, the team brought haute cuisine, DJs, pop-up parties and intense games of table football to F1 in order to liven up the post-session evenings. Today the mega-motorhomes are a familiar sight behind the garages; in 2005 it looked like a spaceship had dropped into the Paddock.
Although that first season represented a bright start, the team was in no mood to rest on its laurels and the next major addition came at the end of 2005 in the shape of respected designer Adrian Newey. Although his contribution to the team's second challenger, the RB2, would be minimal, Newey's experience, winning pedigree and vision would have a major impact in the future. Únder his guidance the technical departments began to put in place systems which would ultimately yield major benefits.
The first of those came the following season. With the RB2 now powered by Ferrari engines, David Coulthard delivered a faultless drive at the Monaco GP to secure third place and the team's first podium finish. As the team prepared Newey's first real design, the RB3, for 2007, more major additions were announced in the shape of a switch to Renault power and the signing of highly-rated Australian driver Mark Webber. In time, both would help Red Bull Racing make the next step forward, out of the midfield and towards the front of the grid.
The team climbed to fifth in the Constructors' Championship, wîth the on-track highlight being Webber's third-place podium finish at the European Grand Prix. The next year brought another podium, this time supplied by Coulthard in Canada; it would prove to be the Scot's final podium before bowing out of F1 driving at the end of the year.
The experienced Scot's retirement left a void, but the team was fortunate that waiting in the wings was a young graduate of the Red Bull Junior Team programme just itching to stake a claim to F1 greatness. Having recently taken a stunning maiden F1 win at the Italian GP while racing for Red Bull Racing's sister team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Sebastian Vettel had marked himself out as a future superstar and the team now offered him the perfect platform from which to seize glory.
A comprehensive set of rule changes gave the team the chance to build a radically different car and when the RB5 proved to be a front-runner, both Webber and new boy Vettel didn't waste any time in turning it into a winner. After an awesome effort from the team to get the car ready in Shanghai, Sebastian landed the team's first win at the Chinese Grand Prix and Mark doubled the celebrations by backing Seb up to deliver a first one-two finish. Five more wins, including Webber's own maiden victory in Germany, followed and the team sealed second in the Constructors' Championship and second in the Drivers' battle for Vettel.
The following year saw the team realise the dream it had begun just five years earlier. Webber and Vettel were title contenders throughout, but after they had secured the team's first Constructors' title wîth a one-two finish in Brazil, Sebastian took the Drivers' Championship in Abu Dhabi wîth his fifth win of the season. A title double after just six seasons in the sport was a remarkable achievement.
That 2010 success provided the springboard for a dominant 2011. Having refined the design philosophy begun wîth RB5, the team allied excellent pace to strong, improved reliability and the RB7 propelled Red Bull Racing to a second team title and Vettel to another Drivers' crown and a host of new records, including a new standard of 15 pole positions in a single season. Red Bull Racing has come a long way in a short time. Founded wîth the goal of doing things just a bit differently, its four championship titles in just seven seasons are testament to its success in meeting that target. The mission now is to translate that success into a heritage of excellence, and wîth a unified and committed team firmly in place, the future does, indeed, look bright.CHRISTIAN HORNER TEAM PRINCIPAL
Four titles, 27 race wins and 38 pole positions represent a rich haul for Christian Horner since he was handed the helm of Red Bull's new F1 team in 2005. But while the glittering prizes amassed over 126 races (at the start of the 2012 season) are a source of immense pride, the Red Bull Racing Team Principal will point to the achievement of building a team capable of
winning multiple championships in just seven seasons as perhaps the most satisfying aspect of his role.
Indeed, asked in a magazine interview last year to pick out the greatest lesson he has learned about management during his career Horner was quick to credit teamwork as the key to success. 'The most important thing is to empower people to do their job and not to tell them how to do it. Back them and support them,' he §äid.
It's a philosophy that stretches back to the very beginning of the team boss' career in motorsport – as a racing driver.
In a promising junior series career that took him through stints in Formula Renault, British F3 and F2, the future team boss gained invaluable first-hand experience of just what it takes to make a successful racer – wîth raw talent being only part of the package.
Horner quickly realised that each cog in the racing machine from driver to race engineer to mechanic to parts fabricator is an integral part of any success. It was a lesson learned in even greater depth when he stepped up from F3 to the International F3000 series. There he not only raced but did so for his own team, Arden, and it was there, after retiring from driving to
concentrate on running the team, that his belief in the power of putting the right people in the right places snapped into full focus.
Over the next six seasons Horner made Arden a racing powerhouse, wîth the young team owner guiding the outfit to three Drivers' and Team Championships in succession. It was a remarkable record that brought Horner to the attention of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, and when the drinks manufacturer took the radical step of setting up its own Formula One team for the 2005 season, it turned to Horner to run the operation. Risky as the move seemed, the first-time F1 team principal seized the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the junior formulae with
both hands. Inheriting the remnants of the Jaguar team, Horner set about reinvigorating each department in pursuit of a dedicated squad motivated by the single goal of reaching the top.
The big name signing of Adrian Newey as Chief Technical Officer was the new arrival's most obvious coup, but the policy of placing the right people in the right positions was applied from top to bottom throughout the team. And wîth Red Bull Racing also making judicious moves in the driver market, Horner had, by 2009, built a team capable of winning races, the first coming wîth a one-two finish for winner Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the Chinese Grand Prix. The tale since has, of course, been one of incredible success. The Chinese GP one-two was followed by five more victories in 2009 and runners-up finishes in both the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships. The following year the team made the crucial next step and at the season's penultimate race landed its first Constructors' title. The Drivers' crown for Vettel followed a week later after a thrilling four-way title showdown and the team's mission was realised. It was really only the start, however. It's often said that while winning once is a laudable feat, it's in repeating the achievement that success is really confirmed.
Horner achieved that consistency in 2011, wîth the team scoring 12 victories, 27 podiums and 18 pole positions to claim back-to-to-back titles. The quest for Horner now is to maintain the hunger for more success, and if the same interview that sought the Team Principal's thoughts on management is any guide then the desire for titles should be in no doubt. Asked to name the thing he most hated in the world Horner's reply was short: 'Losing.'ADRIAN NEWEY OBE - CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
For anyone who has ever been expelled from school or fired from a job they believed they were destined to do – take heart, you're in good company: so has Formula One's foremost designer Adrian Newey OBE.
Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer might have won eight Formula One Constructors' titles and helped some of the world's most famous drivers to championship wins, but his early days weren't without their challenges. Asked to leave his school for high-jacking a school concert soundcheck and blowing out a stained glass window, Adrian later lost his first trackside
engineering role when the driver wrongly believed his car hadn't been given enough fuel. (concept carz) Adrian recalls: 'In fact, the problem was a fuel leak, I'm glad to say. But anyway, in the immediate aftermath I was fired, basically and the driver asked if he could have a different engineer!'
Such revelations are characteristic of Newey's quiet modesty, but behind the slightly donnish façade and self-effacement lies a fiercely competitive soul for whom second-best is never an option. It's a quality he has taken to every post he has held in a long and impressive career.
After studying aeronautics at Southampton Úniversity and early stints wîth the Fittipaldi and March F1 Teams (which included the above incident wîth Christian Danner in 1982), Newey first tasted success in American racing. His March sports car design won IMSA's GTP class in 1983 and 1984, and his IndyCar project, the March 85C, took the Championship and the Indy 500. The follow-up model won the Championship in 1986 and the Indy 500 in both '86 and '87 but F1 was calling, and after a brief venture wîth March, Newey was, by 1990, at Williams.
There, in partnership wîth Patrick Head, he brought home five Constructors' titles between 1991 and 1997 and made champions of Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Alain Prost.
When Newey departed Williams for fresh challenges at McLaren, he confirmed his prowess wîth three further championships, rounding off the decade wîth the 1998 Constructors' title and two Drivers' crowns for Mika Hakkinen.
Having taken both Williams and McLaren to the heady heights of multiple title wins in the 1990s, Newey's challenge, when he joined Red Bull Racing for the 2006 season, was to do the same for a young team determined to challenge the status quo at every opportunity. It didn't take him long to deliver. After his first two cars for the team, RB3 and RB4, made steady progress,
Newey seized upon a comprehensive set of rule changes for the 2009 season to pen the RB5, which brought the team six wins and second place in the Constructors' Championship.
The next year Newey and his team went one better and, wîth nine wins, the RB6 took the team's first Constructors' title and wîth Sebastian Vettel at the wheel also brought home the Drivers' title.
Last year was, of course, even more successful. Tweaking the DNA of the previous year's car, the RB7's consistent performance across all circuits allowed the team to take back-to-back Constructors' and Drivers' titles, thanks in large part to the designer's unflinching desire to be the best and an uncanny ability to exploit possibilities invisible to others.
Newey is just as determined a competitor in his spare time and is a keen and capable amateur racer. Whether that racing will ever include professional racing in the Red Bull Racing RB5 that he was presented wîth following the landmark 2009 season remains to be seen!
So far, Adrian's vision and single-minded pursuit of excellence has helped reap rich rewards for Red Bull Racing. All that now remains to be seen is just what this remarkable designer dreams up for the team in the future.Source - Red Bull / Nissan