Red Bull Racing, commercially Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda, is an Austrian Formula 1 team based in Milton Keynes (England) owned by the Red Bull energy drinks company. The company acquired the Jaguar Racing team for about $ 110 million when the previous owner of this team, Ford Motor Company, announced its withdrawal from the top category of motoring. The Red Bull company has a subsidiary team of Formula 1, Scuderia Toro Rosso (“Red Bull” translated into Italian), based in Faenza (Italy), from which the young drivers subsequently make the jump to the first team.
Although the team owes its name to the Red Bull beverage company, which in addition to its owner is also its main sponsor, the commercial name of the team has received modifications in different seasons, incorporating the name of different sponsors of weight that have managed to close agreement with the squad. For this reason, between 2013,2014, and 2015 the team was known as Infiniti Red Bull Racing, leading as second sponsor to the Infiniti car brand, owned by the Renault-Nissan alliance.
The origins of the team date back to the team created by Jackie Stewart, Stewart Grand Prix, who played his first races in 1997. The team was bought by Ford and ran under the name of Jaguar during the 2000 Formula 1 season. Despite The youth of the team compared to other builders such as Ferrari and McLaren, was considered a very successful start, with a career won in 1999. Despite the numerous technical and administrative changes (which included the hiring of high-profile personalities, such as Niki Lauda and Bobby Rahal), and the failed attempt to attract designer Adrian Newey, the team never again achieved the achievements of the Stewart era.
Following the disappointing results obtained by the team, Ford announced its withdrawal after the 2004 Formula 1 season.
Previously Red Bull had sponsored the Sauber teams between 1995 and 2004 and Arrows in 2002 before the bankruptcy of this team.
On November 15, 2004, Red Bull announced that the acquisition of Jaguar had been finalized. During the 2005 Formula 1 season, the team maintains the Cosworth thrusters. The first drivers of the team were veteran David Coulthard and young Christian Klien, who debuted in the 2005 Season scoring points with both vehicles in their first two races. In the end they finished their first year in 7th place among the builders with 34 points, being a promising start for the debuting Austrian formation, especially compared to what Jaguar achieved in his last year.
The owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, tempted his Austrian compatriot Gerhard Berger (former driver of the category, and director of BMW Motorsport) to move on to lead the new team.
In November 2005, the hiring of designer Adrian Newey was announced for 2006.