Max Verstappen’s victory in the Canadian GP marked a significant milestone for Red Bull Racing, as it became the team’s 100th win in Formula 1. This achievement solidifies Red Bull‘s position as one of the sport’s most successful teams, placing them fifth in the all-time winners’ list. Ahead of Red Bull are Ferrari with 242 wins, McLaren with 183, Mercedes with 125, and Williams with 114 victories.
Looking back at the journey to this milestone, team principal Christian Horner reflected on their first-ever win at the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix. At that time, the victory felt like a tremendous accomplishment for the team, almost as if their mission in Formula 1 had been fulfilled. Horner recollected how winning that race made them think, “Well, at least we’ve won one. If nothing else happens, we’ve won a race!”
However, the feeling of triumph awakened a hunger for more success. Horner explained that the team’s initial ambition was simply to be competitive in the sport, but the taste of victory spurred them to strive for more. Little did they know that 99 victories later, they would have achieved a century. Horner emphasized that reaching this milestone is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone within the company, from the trackside personnel to the behind-the-scenes staff and support services.
Horner also praised Red Bull‘s former owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, for his visionary approach. Mateschitz wanted Red Bull to be different from other corporate teams in Formula 1. He aimed to create a fun and unique experience, evident in the Energy Station and the Red Bulletin. Despite the focus on creating an enjoyable environment, Mateschitz was fiercely competitive and passionate about racing. For him, Formula 1 was not only a way to market the brand but also a platform to showcase his love for the sport.
When asked about the key characteristic that contributed to Red Bull‘s success, Horner emphasized the importance of the people, spirit, and culture within the team. He highlighted the attitude, desire, passion, and commitment that drive everyone at Red Bull Racing. Working for Red Bull means understanding the team’s clear goals of winning and being competitive, and every individual gives their best to achieve these objectives. This energy and culture in the factory set Red Bull apart from other teams. Horner summed it up by stating that Red Bull Racing is “just a big racing team” with a unique racing-focused culture.