Monaco Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing take part in their 250th Grand Prix as a constructor this weekend.
Red Bull entered the sport in 2005, taking over the former Jaguar Racing outfit with lineage stretching back to Stewart Grand Prix. Signing David Coulthard from McLaren for 2005 was a big coup at the time but an even bigger one was convincing Adrian Newey to leave McLaren and join the team in 2006. Slowly building up over the following seasons, the regulation changes for 2009 saw Red Bull challenge for the title for the first time with Sebastian Vettel, before nailing four consecutive title years with the young German.
Since the formula change in 2014, Red Bull have mostly had to play second fiddle to Mercedes and Ferrari but remain competitive with fan favourites Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen. Heading to Monaco and their 250th Grand Prix, the team are a firm contender to claim the win on the streets thanks to the strength of their car on anachronistic circuits like Monte Carlo.
Daniel Ricciardo, who almost won the race in 2016 but lost the lead due a slow pitstop, says Monaco is the big one on his ‘must win’ list of races: “To win in Monaco would be huge for the 250th and for the team, but it’s a place I’ve always enjoyed going, always enjoyed racing, and I’ve always believed I will win there. So coming so close has made that fire even greater. So that’s a big one on my list, which I want to tick off. Even if I retire from F1 one day without winning it, I’ll probably keep coming back just for one race a year just to try and make it happen!”
“It’s incredible that Monaco will be our 250th Grand Prix to think in that time we’ve won 56 of those races.” said Christian Horner of the milestone. “We’ve achieved a hundred and forty nine podiums so far and it’s all gone by in such a flash that, you know, I’m looking forward to the next 250.”