Red Bull was no stranger to F1 – as a sponsor – before officially joining as a works team in 2004. Yet the extent of their success over the next ten years was staggering. After a first podium in 2006, the team made progress in 2009 with six wins and second place in the constructors’ championship. In the next four seasons they were a tour de force and between 2010 and 2013 they won the title double in a row. Sebastian Vettel became the sport’s youngest four-time champion. Now her hope of regaining that fame lies in an equally exciting talent – one named Max Verstappen …
A lonely second in the overall standings, consistently clear of midfield, but rarely able to match master Mercedes’ pace. Max Verstappen plays the main role – with two wins and another nine podium places – but Alex Albon is out after only two top three appearances for 2021.
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The transition from Renault to Honda has been remarkably smooth, and Max Verstappen’s four wins make for a near-equal score through 2018. Drop Pierre Gasly in favor of rookie Alex Albon in the middle of the year, and the late-season progress drops to a real one Hope for title challenge 2020.
Poor performance and reliability of their Renault engines mean that they only fight for real victories occasionally – Daniel Ricciardo wins in China and Monaco, Max Verstappen in Austria and Mexico. The result is a very lonely third place in the final ranking.