This weekend’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix might be the first race to be held in Istanbul for nine years, however for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing the weekend marks an important milestone – the team’s 300th race.
It is a long way from their first race at Melbourne in 2005 when Scot David Coulthard and Austrian Christian Klien came home fifth and sixth respectively to lay the foundations for four drivers’ titles, four constructors’ trophies, 63 race wins, 179 podiums and 62 poles.
To celebrate, here are six key Team members who have been with Red Bull Racing since the start revealing their personal highlights of the past 299 race weekends.
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Team Principal Christian Horner: “So much of the team has evolved, but the spirit remains the same. The vibe, the passion, the music, that is still very much as it was coming into the sport. People didn’t take us particularly seriously… but we have demonstrated over the last 16 seasons that we are very serious. We have kept that zest for life.”
Front End Mechanic Ole Schack: “The sport has changed a huge amount from what we are allowed to do… but the team is pretty much the same. We were the first one with a proper energy station and playing loud music in the garage. I have seen highs and lows, but everyone has the same goal, we want to win. This year when we were on the grid in Hungary, we had a certain timeline that if you didn’t meet that timeline we were not starting that race. Getting a podium out of it at the end was the biggest reward we could have. To have done every single race is a bit of a privilege. It has been fantastic.”
Head of Race Strategy Will Courtenay: “I sit on the pit wall and make the decisions in terms of when we make the pit stops, what tyres we fit and various other things. I have worked every single race weekend, the only race day that I missed was Hungary last year when my second-born son arrived. From a strategy point of view, it has changed immensely. We have got so much information that we can listen to now and process.”
Chief Mechanic Phil Turner: “For a big team, we are a small, family community. My proudest moment was Hungary this year to get Max in the race. The amount of damage on the car, I didn’t think we had much of a chance to get him out there. These modern day cars are more like space shuttles or aircraft, than racing cars.”
Support Team Manager Tony Burrows: “We have done some fantastic events over the years. Ones that stand out the most are in the Himalayas with Neel Jani driving the RB1 and we also did a run on the frozen lakes in Quebec with Sébastien Buemi and along the beach in the Dominican Republic. Challenging in their own way.”
Race Team Build Manager Dave Boys: “We have got a great bunch of people here. They are all motivated, push hard and driven towards the same goals and successes. Proudest moments are obviously the championship wins and your first race win, which is really memorable.”