Formula 1

Bring Back V10s: How Red Bull arrived in a sceptical F1

by Matt Beer
1 min read

We’re now very used to Red Bull dominating Formula 1, but when it first arrived on the grid in 2005 expectations were much lower.

Its ‘party team’ reputation, strikingly young team principal and fact it was taking over a Jaguar operation that had conspicuously underperformed were all factors getting sceptical glances from the rest of the paddock.

Series eight of our Bring Back V10s classic F1 stories podcast opens with a trip back to Red Bull Racing’s earliest days.

Edd Straw and Ben Anderson join Glenn Freeman to look back at the early impression Red Bull made, and there’s superb additional insight from current Haas team principal Guenther Steiner too – he’d previously been part of Jaguar and was brought back in by Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz to help get his new F1 team rolling.

From driver swapping to getting stuck straight in to F1 team vs team politics, to acquiring Minardi and then the bombshell signing of design genius Adrian Newey from McLaren, Red Bull’s 2005 season gave us plenty to talk about.

ASK US ANYTHING! (about 1989-2005 F1) – Submit your questions for our end-of-series episode using the hashtag #BringBackV10s on Twitter, or you can email bringbackv10s@the-race.com.

Bring Back V10s is available through all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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