Red Bull had already been a long-term sponsor in Formula One racing before formally entering as a works team following the acquisition of Jaguar in November 2004. The scale of success that followed over the next decade has been staggering. A first podium arrived in 2006 courtesy of David Coulthard, but it was in 2009 that the team really hit their stride, claiming six victories en route to second in the constructors' standings. Over the next four seasons they were a tour de force, claiming consecutive drivers' and constructors' doubles between 2010 and 2013, with Sebastan Vettel emerging as the sport's youngest quadruple champion...
A lack of performance and reliability from their Renault power units means that only on occasions are they in genuine contention for victories – Ricciardo wins in China and Monaco, Verstappen in Austria and Mexico. The result is a very lonely third place in the final standings – and a hope of improvement courtesy of Honda engines in 2019.
Unable to keep pace with world champions Mercedes and a resurgent Ferrari, drop to third in the standings, not helped by poor Renault reliability. Even so, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen prove their star quality by taking three wins between them.
The combination of superb RB12 chassis and much-improved Renault power unit (now badged TAG Heuer) sees the team bounce back to become Mercedes' only serious rivals for race victories - and they take one apiece for Daniel Ricciardo and rising star Max Verstappen, who stuns by winning on debut after arriving from sister team Toro Rosso for round four onwards.