[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] RED BULL RACING: CHINA MILESTONE

Red Bull Racing secured more solid results last weekend in Shanghai, its second double points finish from three rounds…

And its new power unit partnership with Honda is gaining momentum, one its chief technical officer Adrian Newey has hailed “a breath of fresh air” with the promise of class-leading performance very soon.

Newey also echoed team principal Christian Horner, who earlier this year praised the effect the switch to Japanese power had on the team.

SOUNDBITE (English) CHRISTIAN HORNER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RED BULL RACING:
“There's huge motivation throughout the whole [Red Bull Racing] factory. This [new power unit] partnership with Honda has totally invigorated the whole of the team.”

But, while the sport celebrated a huge milestone in China with the 1000th Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix… 

…Red Bull had its own moment to celebrate, with 10 years since its first pole position and win, Sebastian Vettel leading home his teammate Mark Webber to complete the squad’s maiden one-two result.

SOUNDBITE (English) CHRISTIAN HORNER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RED BULL RACING:
“First win was in China 2009. [A] Little known fact that the left-hand handle on the trophy actually fell off and I picked it up.”

SOUNDBITE (English) SEBASTIAN VETTEL,
RED BULL RACING, 2009-2014:
“The first win with Red Bull Racing was obviously something very special. It was kind of a breakthrough.”

SOUNDBITE (English) ADRIAN NEWEY,
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER, RED BULL:
“We had this huge regulation change, and so all the established principles kind of went out of the window and it was now about ‘ok, what is the best design to suit these new rules?”

SOUNDBITE (English) CHRISTIAN HORNER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RED BULL RACING:
“I’d watched for years other drivers, other team principals going and collecting trophies and to suddenly join that club was phenomenal.”

That RB5 was a growing force, increasingly taking on Brawn GP at the front as the year went on with five more wins for six overall in 2009, before four-straight world championship doubles.

… for the now equal-third most dominant showing in the history of F1, in terms of consecutive constructors’ crowns. Ferrari the benchmark on six, followed by Mercedes. Red Bull on par with McLaren.

An overwhelming achievement by the Milton Keynes-squad, and one to keep front of mind as it continues its journey with Honda.