F1 Livery Histories: RED BULL

F1 Livery Histories: RED BULL


Hello and welcome to F1 Livery Histories,
the channel where we take a look back at the different paint jobs, racing trims
and sponsor decals adopted by respective Formula One teams throughout the eras.
Today we’ll be detailing the livery histories of one of Formula One’s modern
powerhouses, a company which has become one of the
most easily identifiable brands in modern motorsport, not only as a team
sponsor but also as a multi championship winning team in their own right. Red Bull Racing. Red Bull’s involvement in Formula One dates back to 1995 when it first
sponsored the Sauber team. In 1999 Red Bull made its first steps to becoming a
Formula One outfit by inaugurating its Red Bull junior team, which competed in
Formula 3000 in association with Helmut Marko. Red Bull would cross over into
Formula One in the fall of 2004 when it purchased the fledgling Jaguar racing
team from the Ford Motor Company, continuing to run the team out of
existing facilities at Milton Keynes, now under the Red Bull Racing banner. And so with this noteworthy purchase, the world’s leading energy drink company was
set to make its debut as an established Formula one constructor, beginning in
season 2005. So begins our retrospective on the highly competitive
and ultra creative Red Bull Racing team The RB1, Red Bull’s initial challenger,
came outfitted with Cosworth power, Michelin rubber and BP fuels. The team’s
drivers for its maiden season but David Coulthard and Christian Klien, both of
whom scored points at the team’s debut at the 2005 Australian Grand Prix. The RB1
came primarily dressed in Red Bull’s company colour of blue and featured
metallic silver flourishes on the car’s aerodynamical plates. Red Bull’s trademark
charging bull logo was seen on the car’s nose cone and the engine case, reprising a
trait that he previously featured on Red Bull sponsored Formula One liveries. t The
car also possessed a faint chequered flag motif, as well as red blue and
silver stripes with ran horizontally along the car, accentuating the car’s
aerodynamical properties. The team’s sponsors during their inaugural season
included Alpinestars, Rauch, 7-Eleven and Lucasfilm Ltd., which promoted its
Star Wars franchise on the teams livery for the Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of the
premiere of the latest film in its series, Revenge of the Sith. In September
2005 Red Bull announced its purchase of the Minardi team, which was rebranded as
Scuderia Toro Rosso ahead of the 2006 season. Toro Rosso would operate as a
development ground for the Red Bull senior team. Red Bull would produce the
RB2 for the 2006 season, which operated with Ferrari engines and Shell fuels, and
was again painted primarily in dark blue. The team signed news outlet, Metro, as
sponsors and entered an agreement with DC Comics, which saw Red Bull cars once
again promoting a feature film during in the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. 2006 was
also the season the team recruited Adrian Newey as chief designer. The first
Newey-designed Red Bull car was the RB3, which ran with Renault power. Along with
the switch to Renault came a change to Elf fuels. Michelin’s withdrawal from
Formula One saw the team adopting Bridgestone tyres. 2007 marked the
emergence of Red Bull’s association with ‘Wings for Life’, a foundation dedicated to
spinal cord injury research founded by Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz. The team adopted the special ‘Wings for Life’ livery at the 2007 British Grand
Prix which featured 50,000 fan portraits appearing on the car as part of the
team’s charity campaign. In 2008 the team produced the RB4,
which now boasted faint pinstripes as part of its livery originating from the
front of the car. The 2008 season once again saw the team devoting its livery
to the ‘Wings for Life’ foundation, as David Coulthard’s car took on a chiefly
white design for what was to be his final Grand Prix outing. In 2009 the team
produced its first race winning car in the RB5, which ran with the Total fuels,
and was first piloted to victory by Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Grand
Prix. Vettel’s victory in China would prove to be the first recorded win for
an Austrian registered entrant in Formula One history. Subsidiary brands,
such as Red Bull Cola and Red Bull Mobile, were also seen on the 2009 car. The
following season would see Red Bull claiming twin championship mantles for
the first time, as Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever World Drivers’
Champion in Formula One history, piloting the RB6, a car which featured some of the
most highly developed aerodynamics ever seen in Formula One. The 2010 season also
signalled the arrival of Pepe jeans as sponsors, as the Spanish clothing brand
took on space upon the front of the car’s side pods. The championship victories
earned in season 2010 would mark the beginning of a four-year period of
dominance for Red Bull Racing. In 2011 both team and driver would register
back-to-back championships with the RB7, once again powered by Renault and now
shod with Pirelli rubber. Infiniti Motors, a sports car brand produced by Nissan-Renault, was first seen in 2011, appearing on the sides of the car’s monocoque, as
well as the car’s nose cone. The team also ran with Siemens, Geox and Casio as
additional sponsors. In 2012 the team produced the RB8, which delivered Red
Bull its third championship sweep in succession. At the 2012 British Grand
Prix the team once again brought the ‘Wings for Life’ foundation to the fore, as
it raced with a livery comprised of fan submitted images. Red Bull would cap off
their monumental run of success with a fourth consecutive championship sweep in
season 2013. The RB9 now emanated a purple hue as part of its livery, as
Infiniti Motors became the team’s title sponsor and was now seen with more
prominence upon the car’s side pods and rear wing. The team raced officially as
Infiniti Red Bull Racing, and signed Thai beer,
Singha, as additional sponsors. The advent of Formula One’s return to
turbocharged engines would put an end to Red Bull’s spell of dominance, as the team
fielded the Renault V6 powered RB10, in season 2014. A car which featured a
mostly unchanged team livery with each of Red Bull’s trademark motifs on full
display. Pre-season testing in 2015 saw the team unveiling a strange and
surprising camouflage delivery for the all-new RB11, designed to conceal the
team’s aerodynamical package ahead of the new season. Upon commencement of the
season proper the team returned to their recognised colour scheme, although now
with an updated team livery. For the first time the car featured no
pinstriping and replaced its purple hue with a contoured panel which displayed
Infiniti branding. Chinese electronics manufacturer, Hisense, and Russian
foreign exchange broker, Exness, signed with the team, featuring and the cars
nose and cockpit, respectively. In 2016 the team entered a partnership with
Swiss watchmakers, Tag Heuer, which saw the team rebranding their Renault V6 engines
as Tag Heuer power units. Tag Heuer would also feature on the engine case and
monocoque of the RB12. Red Bull Racing also entered a technical partnership
with Aston Martin, a deal which saw the British luxury sports car manufacturer’s
logo appearing on the car’s nose cone. The team had by the stage had reverted back to
its traditional team colours, presented now with a matte finish. American
communications company AT&T appeared on the sides of the car’s rear wing. 2017
saw the team making the switch to Mobil fuels with the RB13, which once again
ran with Renault power. rebadged as Tag Heuer. 2017 would also see the team
signing with Citrix and IBM. Ahead of the 2018 season, Red Bull again graced the
test circuit with a special edition livery for the RB14, this time
showcasing a blue and black 8-bit inspired motif, which presented the team
sponsors with white lettering. Aston Martin now appeared on the rear wing,
joined by Esso and Puma, featuring on the car for the first time. The RB 4
will be the final Renault-powered Red Bull car, as Red Bull are set to see the
end of their 12-year affiliation with Renault, ready to embark on a fresh
partnership with new engine suppliers, Honda, commencing in season 2019. Once seen by the F1 paddock is a fun-loving party team, Red Bull Racing
have by now become a very serious competitor in the eyes of its more
established rivals. Red Bull Racing is the most successful team of its kind, in
that it existed independently outside of the automotive industry before crossing
into Formula One to compete as a consructor. Thanks in major part to the
successes of the Red Bull Racing team, the Red Bull energy drink concern has
become the most prolific and closely associated sponsor in all of 21st
century motorsport, having sponsored everything from MotoGP to the World
Rally Championship. Here ends our retrospective on the team liveries of
the headstrong Red Bull Racing team

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