Highlights from Red Bull Racing’s 2014 Formula 1 Season
In their 10th season of Formula 1, Red Bull Racing had twelve podium finishes, the highlights of which were three victories for Daniel Ricciardo.
Pre-season, things didn’t look so good. While some elements of the RB10 suggested it was a worthy successor to its predecessors, some obviously needed refinement in a season where F1 turned back into a formula governed more by horsepower and less by downforce. Nevertheless, the RB10 and the team surprised many by qualifying and racing at the top of the order from the first race onwards. Having completed no more than 20 consecutive laps during pre-season testing, it was something of an awesome turnaround. Daniel’s disqualification from a podium finish in Australia was a bitter blow, but he, Seb and the team bounced back superbly with podiums in Malaysia, Spain and Monaco, followed by Dan’s maiden F1 victory in Canada. It was a marvelous day for the team and a definite highlight of the season – and the generosity of our rivals in applauding him home demonstrates how popular a victory it was.
Daniel followed that with two more wins: a finely judged tactical triumph in Hungary and a flat-out blast around the mighty Spa-Francorchamps. Along the way there were other drives just as good from both Daniel and Seb and some incredible on track action.
At the end of the season, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel decided that it was time for a fresh challenge so, after 39 wins, 45 poles, 66 podiums in total and four world titles with Red Bull, Vettel decided to leave.
It means that for the second season in a row the team enters a new season with a new driving force behind the wheel, with Daniil Kvyat joining Daniel Ricciardo to pilot to the RB11. Once again, we’ve drawn from our own pool of talent, with the Russian racer having rocketed through the ranks of the Red Bull Junior Programme in supremely quick style.
With a proven race winner on one side of the garage and a fast-rising star on the other, it’s an exciting line-up with which to begin our second decade of F1 competition. The first was thrilling rollercoaster ride to the top of the standings. We can’t wait to see what the next 10 seasons brings…