The Red Bull team was in a jubilant mood as they marked their 100th F1 world championship race victory. The triumph was brought home by Max Verstappen at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix. This noteworthy milestone places Red Bull in an exclusive circle – only Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, and Mercedes have managed to attain such a significant number of victories within the 73-year history of the F1 competition.
For Red Bull, it took merely 14 years to reach this landmark since their first win with Sebastian Vettel in the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix, a record previously held by Webber, his then team-mate. This rapid ascent to a century of victories has made the Red Bull team the quickest F1 marque to achieve this milestone, with Williams trailing behind, having needed 18 years spanning from 1979-1997 to accomplish the same feat.
Over their respective sojourns in F1 racing, Red Bull, McLaren and Williams have all been backed by factories at certain periods. This tradition is set to continue with Red Bull. From 2026, they plan to work hand in hand with Ford to produce its engines.
It wasn’t always clear sailing for Red Bull. In the early days of their then 18-year F1 entry, they struggled with being labeled as merely a ‘party team’. This reputation stemmed from their ownership by an energy drink company known for hosting flashy marketing events and campaigns.
However, things took a turn in 2009 when Red Bull started claiming victories. A favorable change, particularly after the hiring of Adrian Newey in 2006, led the team to a dominant streak of four championships over four successive years from 2010-2013. Now, this dominant position seems to be reclaimed with Max Verstappen at the team’s helm.
According to Webber, a former Red Bull driver turned TV pundit and current manager to Oscar Piastri, the journey of Red Bull can be hailed as “one of the great success stories of Formula 1 – has to be”. He noted that the team’s progress may have received more recognition had it been a manufacturer. Nevertheless, the team deserves high praise for its adept personnel who’ve engineered exceptional cars, contributed to world championships, and have shown dominance in many aspects.
Webber believes Red Bull‘s ability to be recognized as a noteworthy team is a testament to their perseverance and dedication. He appreciates the level of commitment demonstrated, particularly towards their employees and the sport.
In his opinion, what sets Red Bull apart is their continued investment in the sport. This is manifested in their staff, expansion at Milton Keynes, and other initiatives they’ve undertaken. Over the years they’ve proven their dedication time and again – a commitment that, in Webber’s words, is “pretty bloody good”.
Reflecting on the team’s journey, Webber remarks, “We’ve had a lot of people come and go.” He finds extraordinary, how over a short span, Red Bull has brought a strong footprint to the sport by creating jobs and supporting two teams.