Still just a dream for Daniel Ricciardo in 2010
From the moment that the Red Bull Junior Team was founded in 2001 the objectives were clear and the search for future Formula One World Champions had begun. Hand picked international talents would receive professional and continuous training in all relevant areas of motorsport following the credo: 'competition from the beginning'.
All drivers of the Red Bull Junior Team are compelled to work hard from the start and, with their sight set firmly on their big goal: F1, they are under permanent pressure to perform.
Only those drivers who have the implicit talent for a sustainable Formula 1 career are supported.
The drivers do not just obtain the motorsports basics by competing in the various racing series. Like all Red Bull athletes the Juniors are also primed for the physical challenges of racing on an individual basis in the Red Bull Diagnostics & Training Center in Thalgau near Salzburg.
20 titles have been won since 2001, 275 race victories as well as 276 pole positions.
In 2004 Christian Klien became the first Red Bull Junior to enter Formula 1. At Monza in 2008 Sebastian Vettel became the first Red Bull Junior to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
2010 saw Vettel win the Formula One World Driver's Championship becoming the youngest ever Champion. He repeated the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2013
It was never going to be easy to follow the incredible 2014 season and by comparison it was a frustrating year. Particularly for Pierre Gasly as the 19-year-old Frenchman clearly had the pace to chase the GP2 title. He was very quick in preseason testing having switched to the Dams team and secured three pole positions through the year, he was also on the podium four times but the win eluded him and eighth in the championship was not a just reward for his skills.
2015 - Gasly in the wet in Monaco
It was a similar tale for British 24-year-old Dean Stoneman who joined the Red Bull Junior Team fresh from an excellent second in GP3 in 2014. He took the Dams seat vacated by Sainz in Formula Renault 3.5. He was quickly on the pace and despite a nasty high speed crash during preseason testing at Jerez he took third in the opening race of the year at Motorland Aragon.
A wonderful second in Monaco and a third and fourth at Spa quickly followed, the wins would surely soon follow.... But they didn't. There was another fine second in Race 1 at the Red Bull Ring, but misfortune, often at the hand of others, disrupted the last races of the year and sixth in the points table did not reflect his ability.
Youngster of the year was 16-year-old Callum Ilott and the Briton was taking his first steps out of a kart. He contested the very competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship for Carlin and as he learnt the difficult skills of setting up and racing a formula race car he impressed with his abilities. The results did not really show though and he ended the year twelfth.
Pierre Gasly (FRA) GP2
Dean Stoneman (GBR) Formula Renault 3.5
Callum Ilott (GBR) FIA Formula 3 European Championship
It was a very impressive season with Carlos Sainz Jr. claiming victory in Formula Renault 3.5 in the Dams Dallara-Renault. The 20-year-old Spaniard set a new standard with seven victories and became the youngest driver to win the title. Runner up was fellow Red Bull Junior Pierre Gasly who followed up his 2 litre title from the year before with second in his debut season in the larger category with Arden. The 18-year-old Frenchman only missed out on a race win because of the dominant Sainz but took six runner-up spots and a pair of thirds.
2014 - Sainz at Spa, dominant in Renault 3.5
Gasly had some GP2 outings towards the end of the year but the situation wasn't competitive. GP3 though was very successful for Alex Lynn, the 21-year-old Briton so dominated the early season, right from the preseason tests that he was the solid favourite for most of the year. Five podiums, including two wins, in the first eight races set the stage and he matched skill with consistency to hold the advantage through the second half of the season. He added a third win for good measure and took the title for Carlin.
Max Verstappen joined the Red Bull Junior Team late in the season, he had already set the F3 world alight in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW and he added more wins in Red Bull colours. Straight out of karts he was the revelation of the year and, with Sainz, joined Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2015 F1 season. Daniil Kvyat moved up to Infiniti Red Bull Racing alongside Daniel Ricciardo so that 2015 would see ex juniors filling all four F1 seats.
Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP) Formula Renault 3.5
Pierre Gasly (FRA) Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2
Alex Lynn (GBR) GP3
Max Verstappen (NED) FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Of the six Red Bull Juniors racing in 2013 it was certainly Daniil Kvyat who made the headlines by winning the GP3 series for MW Arden. That and his pace in his half season of outings in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship led to him getting a Formula One drive with Toro Rosso for 2014, capping a perfect season for the 19-year-old Russian.
2013 - Kvyat takes dominant victory at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi to take title
It was not an easy GP3 season at all as Kvyat and Arden team mate Carlos Sainz Jr. struggled badly at the opening rounds when a setup that would allow the spec tyres to do the distance was illusive. The team overcame the setbacks but it was only a brilliant end of season run by the team and Kvyat that clinched the title at the final round in Abu Dhabi.
Sainz could not match him and a mixture some atrocious luck and overly intense desire to finish in front thwarted the 19-year-old Spaniard. Tenth for the year was not a just reflection of his ability. He had far more fun in his Renault 3.5 outings and shocked the World Series paddock in Monaco by heading the timing sheets almost as soon as he sat in the car last year in free practice and ran fourth in the early stages of the race.
Kvyat's partial, 21 race, F3 season for Carlin resulted in a win, 5 pole positions, 7 podiums and a fastest lap but as a 'guest driver' he did not feature in the points table. Fellow Junior, 19-year-old Briton Tom Blomqvist did the full FIA Formula 3 European Championship season and while it started well enough with podiums in Monza and Hockenheim there were not enough great results in the EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes and he ended the year 7th in the title chase.
Blomqvist ended the year a frustrated 8th in the F3 Macau grand Prix, just behind Sainz, after stalling his Fortec Dallara-Mercedes on the line in the qualifying race and starting the final at the back of the pack. Second at Macau was fellow Junior and 2012 winner António Félix da Costa driving for Carlin as was Sainz.
For the 22-year-old Portuguese it was a good end to a season that was almost brilliant but ultimately fell short of his goal which was winning the Renault 3.5 Series. He won 3 races for Arden, scored 1 pole position, 6 podiums and 2 fastest laps and that netted him 3rd in the series. He also gained and F1 position at Infiniti Red Bull Racing as one of the team's two test and reserve drivers for 2014.
There were also two Red Bull Juniors competing in the ADAC Formula Masters series, 18-year-old Netherlander Beitske Visser and 17-year-old South African Callan O'Keeffe. They both drove for the Motopark Academy with Visser scoring a single win at the Sachsenring.
António Félix da Costa (POR) Formula Renault 3.5
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) GP3 and FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP) GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5
Callan O'Keeffe (RSA) ADAC Formula Masters
Beitske Visser (NED) ADAC Formula Masters
Tom Blomqvist (GBR) FIA Formula 3 European Championship
There were 7 names on the Red Bull Junior ledger during 2012. The season started with Daniil Kvyat (RUS), Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP), Alex Albon (GB), Callan O'Keeffe (RSA), Stefan Wackerbauer (GER) and Lewis Williamson (GB). In June Williamson was replaced by António Félix da Costa (POR) and the newcomer started winning almost immediately.
2012 - António Félix da Costa winning in the rain, Renault 3.5 at Paul Ricard
Showing remarkable skills in a wide variety of circumstances and conditions, Félix da Costa won 3 races in GP3 where he finished 3rd in the championship and took 4 victories in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series to end the year 4th in the points even though he missed the first 5 races. He underlined his skill and versatility with victory in the F3 race at Macau to close the year.
There were plenty of other victories for the Juniors in 2012. The highest scorer was Kvyat with 14 wins in Formula Renault 2.0. He contested both the Eurocup where 7 victories took him to 2nd place and the Alps series where another 7 wins gave him the title.
Sainz took wins in F3 with 4 victories in the British Formula 3 Championship on his way to 6th in the championship. He was also 9th in the Formula 3 Euro Series and 5th in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
Less experienced Juniors were also winning with O'Keeffe coming home 1st 4 times in the Formula BMW Talent Cup. In all there were Junior Team 30 wins, a total of 48 podium finishes and 19 races started from pole.
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Formula Renault 2.0, Eurocup & Alps
Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP) British Formula 3 Championship, Formula 3 Euro Series, FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
Alex Albon (GB) Formula Renault 2.0, Eurocup & Alps
Callan O'Keeffe (RSA) Formula BMW Talent Cup
Stefan Wackerbauer (GER) Formula Renault 2.0, Eurocup & Alps
Lewis Williamson (GB) Formula Renault 3.5 until June
António Félix da Costa (POR) Formula Renault 3.5, GP3 from June
The Four Red Bull Juniors had a highly successful record in 2011. Carlos Sainz, Jr.. (ESP), Daniil Kvyat (RUS), Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) and the F1-driver Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) took three series titles and three runner-up places, 26 race victories and 58 podium finishes.
In addition there were 22 pole positions and 33 fastest laps.
2011 - Carlos Sainz at speed in his 2 litre Renault - Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion
- Carlos Sainz jr. became at 16 the youngest champion in the history of the Red Bull Junior team - in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
- The young man from Barcelona gained 12 race victories and a total of 26 podium finishes in 34 races, the most successful junior of the year
- There were runner up title placings for Vergne (Formula Renault 3.5 series), Sainz. (Eurocup Formula Renault) and Kvyat (Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
- For the first time a driver in the Formula Renault NEC won all three races in one weekend - Daniil Kvyat at Monza
- Sainz and Kvyat achieved eight double victories for the Red Bulls in Formula Renault 2.0
- Vergne and Ricciardo scored the double again - on Sunday at Monza
- The young Russian Kvyat took the runner-up spot in the NEC title chase gaining a total of 8 race wins and 18 podium finishes
- For the first time a driver in the World Series by Renault 3.5 was able to record back to back wins at the classic in Monte Carlo with Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) repeating last year's victory on the streets of the Principality
- Ricciardo got an upgrade in the summer 2011, becoming a driver in the HRT Formula 1 team from Silverstone
- Jean-Eric Vergne missed the Formula Renault 3.5 title series by the narrowest of margins. Nobody won more races than he, 5
- From the GP in South Korea Vergne drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula 1 during Friday practice
- In Macau at the end of the season Carlos Sainz, Jr. was the only Red Bull Junior at the legendary and prestigious Formula 3 race. He got the drive thanks to an excellent 5th in his 1st F3 drive in the final round of the F3 Euro Series at Hockenheim.
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Jean Eric Vergne (FRA) Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Carlos Sainz jr. (ESP) Formula Renault 2.0 EC
Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Formula Renault 2.0 EC
Daniel Ricciardo gained 8 pole positions for a new record in Formula Renault 3.5 Series
World Series Silverstone - 2nd & 3rd for Ricciardo and Vergne in England
World Series Barcelona - 1st & 3rd for Ricciardo and Vergne in Spain
2010 - Monaco and victory in Renault 3.5 for Daniel Ricciardo
Jean-Eric Vergne just missed the record for race wins in the British F3 Championship with 12 successes. The Dane Jan Magnussen holds it at 14
In the last four World Series races Vergne was on the podium 4 times
Carlos Sainz, Jr.. became the youngest Formula BMW winner
Sainz was also the first rookie to win a race in this series.
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) became British F3 champion
2009 - British F3 at Silverstone and Daniel Ricciardo is on his way to the title
There were 4 title runners up:
Robert Wickens (CDN) FIA Formula Two
Daniel Juncadella (ESP) Formula BMW Europe
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Formula Renault 2.0 – both the Eurocup and West European Cup
Most races won, Jean-Eric Vergne - nine victories in two series
Daniel Ricciardo was most successful driver in British F3 with 7 race wins
Mika Mäki (FIN) 2nd in the prestigious Formula 3 Masters at Zandvoort
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) became Mr. Formula Renault 2.0 - EC / WEC
With 14 victories, 14 pole positions and 13 fastest laps
2008 - Barcelona Renault 2.0 and Daniel Ricciardo, Jean Eric Vergne are 1st and 3rd
And the West European Cup title
Robert Wickens (CDN) gained victories in 3 different racing series
A1 Grand Prix / Durban-South Africa
Formula Renault 3.5 World Series / Silverstone - GB
Formula 3 Euro Series / Le Mans
8th June 2008: Double victory for the Red Bull Juniors at Silverstone
Robert Wickens (CDN) won his first race in the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) won in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series
14th September 2008: A historic day for the Junior Team
Monza! Sebastian Vettel (GER) won a Formula 1 Grand Prix, the first graduate from the Red Bull Junior Team to do so
Eleven successful friends!
All drivers of the Red Bull Junior Team in 2008 mounted the podium at least once.
For the first time Red Bull Juniors scored a triple success in the overall standings.
2007 - Stefano Coletti, Jaime Alguersuari, Mika Maeki and Brendon Hartley
Formula Renault Italia:
1st Mika Mäki - 2nd Jaime Alguersuari - 3rd Brendon Hartley
Twice there was a Red Bull Junior Team Podium sweep:
Formula Renault Italia Mugello - Race 11:
1st Mika Mäki - 2 Stefano Coletti - 3 Jaime Alguersuari
Formula Renault Italia Mugello - Race 12:
1st Mika Mäki - 2 Brendon Hartley - 3 Jaime Alguersuari
Stefano Coletti (MCN) won 3 races in Formula Renault within 8 days.
Eurocup Formula Renault - Race 6 / Hungaroring
Formula Renault Italia - Race 9 / Misano
Formula Renault Italia - Race 10 / Misano
April 2006 - Michael Ammermüller (GER) won a race at the first GP2 weekend in Valencia.
2006 - Michael Ammermüller on his way to GP2 victory in Valencia
27th May - 4 Red Bull Juniors occupy the first 4 places at the Nurburgring, Formula Renault NEC
Buemi – Albuquerque – Edwards – Hartley
13th August - Red Bull podium in Anderstorp, F-Renault NEC
Edwards - Albuquerque - Hartley
16th September - Filipe Albuquerque (POR) won his first title, at the Red Bulls home race at the "Salzburg Ring"
Adrian Zaugg (SUI) and Filipe Albuquerque (POR) each won 6 races in 2006
April / May 2005 - Michael Ammermüller (GER), won 5 races in a row - Formula Renault
18.06. - John Edwards (USA) aged 14 became the youngest driver to gain international championship points in Europe
30.07. - Neel Jani (SUI) gained the first victory for first Red Bull Junior racing in the GP2 Series in Budapest
Sebastian Vettel (GER) was rookie of the year in the Formula 3 Euro Series
Sebastien Buemi (SUI) won 7 races in Formula BMW
Scott Speed (USA) and Neel Jani (SUI) took the step into Formula 1
09.05. - First win for a Red Bull Junior from the United States, Scott Speed (USA) in Oschersleben
11.07. - First Red Bull podium clean sweep, 1st Fleming (USA) 2nd Speed (USA) 3rd Kofler (AUT)
29.08. - The first points in Formula 1 for ex Junior Christian Klien (AUT)
Sebastian Vettel (GER) won 18 of 20 races in Formula BMW ADAC Championship
Tonio Liuzzi (ITA) 7 of 10 race wins in the F3000 Championship
10.08. - Victory for Red Bull Junior Christian Klien (AUT) at the legendary F3 Marlboro Masters, Zandvoort, Netherlands
05.12. - Christian Klien (AUT) became the first Red Bull Junior to sign a Formula 1 contract