Red Bull Junior Team

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Sebastian Vettel in a Formula 3 Euro Series car in 2006, featuring prominent Red Bull sponsorship.
Michael Ammermüller racing in the World Series By Renault in 2007.

The Red Bull Junior Team is a driver development program run by the energy drink company Red Bull GmbH in an attempt to identify potential future racing stars in open wheel racing. The similar Red Bull Driver Search, now ended, was an American spinoff of the same idea. Members of the Junior Team are financed and sponsored by Red Bull in lower racing formulae.

The programs have been successful in bringing a selection of drivers into Formula One. Three of them, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have won a Formula One race. Red Bull owns two teams in Formula One, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The Red Bull Junior Team was also the name of RSM Marko, a team that competed in International Formula 3000 between 1999 and 2003, sponsored by Red Bull and run by Helmut Marko.

The Red Bull Junior Team was formed in 2001 as Red Bull's European driver programme. Red Bull offers funding and support for the promising young drivers that are part of the programme. In 2004, Christian Klien became the first Red Bull Junior to race in Formula One, while in 2008, Sebastian Vettel became the first Red Bull Junior to win a Formula One Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix.

Current drivers[edit]

Driver Years Current Series Titles
France Pierre Gasly[1] 2014–17 Super Formula Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
GP2 Series
Finland Niko Kari 2016–17 GP3 Series SMP F4 Championship
Netherlands Richard Verschoor 2016–17 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Toyota Racing Series
SMP F4 Championship
F4 Spanish Championship
United Kingdom Dan Ticktum 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 none
United States Neil Verhagen[2] 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 F1600 Championship Series

Graduates to Red Bull Racing[edit]

Driver Junior Team Experience F1 Experience with Red Bull
Years Former Series Other Teams Red Bull Racing
Austria Christian Klien 2001–2003 Formula BMW ADAC (2001)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2002)
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2002)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2003)
Jaguar (2004) 2005-06
Russia Daniil Kvyat 2010–13 Formula BMW Europe (2010)
Formula BMW Pacific (2010)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (201012)
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (2011)
Toyota Racing Series (2011)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
GP3 Series (2013)
European Formula Three Championship (2013)
Toro Rosso (2014) 2015-16
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2002–2004 German Formula Three Championship (2002)
International Formula 3000 (2003-04)
Toro Rosso (2006-2007) 2005
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 2008–11 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2008)
Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup (2008)
British Formula 3 Championship (2009)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (200911)
HRT(2011)
Toro Rosso (2012-13)
2014-16
Netherlands Max Verstappen 2014 European Formula Three Championship (2014) Toro Rosso (2015-16) 2016[3]
Germany Sebastian Vettel 2001–07 Karting (2001–02)
Formula BMW ADAC (200304)
Formula 3 Euro Series (200506)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (200607)
BMW Sauber (2007)
Toro Rosso (2007-2008)
2009-14
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

In 2016, Max Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull mid-season.

Graduates to Toro Rosso[edit]

This list includes drivers who have graduated from the Junior Team to Toro Rosso but have not raced for Red Bull Racing. Former Red Bull Junior Team drivers who have driven for Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing appear on the Graduates to Red Bull Racing table.

Driver Junior Team Experience Toro Rosso
Years Former Series
Spain Jaime Alguersuari 2006–09 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006-07)
Italian Formula Renault Championship (2006-07)
British Formula 3 Championship (2008)
Spanish Formula Three Championship (2008)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2009)
2009-11
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2005–08 Formula BMW ADAC (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2006-07)
A1GP (2006-07)
GP2 Series (200708)
GP2 Asia Series (2008)
2009-11
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 2010–14 Formula BMW Europe (2010)
Formula BMW Pacific (2010)
European F3 Open (2010)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (201011)
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (2011)
Formula 3 Euro Series (201112)
British Formula 3 Championship (2012)
GP3 Series (2013)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (201314)
2015-current
United States Scott Speed 2003–05 British Formula 3 Championship (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
GP2 Series (2005)
A1GP (2005)
2006-07
France Jean-Éric Vergne 2008–11 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (200809)
Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup (20082009)
British Formula 3 Championship (2010)
GP3 Series (2010)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (201011)
2012-14
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Former drivers[edit]

Driver Years Series competed
Russia Sergei Afanasiev 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 Suisse (2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Thailand Alexander Albon 2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2012)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque 2005-07 Spanish Formula 3 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005-06)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007)
GP2 Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
Russia Mikhail Aleshin 2005–09 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
A1GP (2005-06)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (200608)
GP2 Series (2007)
FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
Germany Michael Ammermüller 2004-07 Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2004-05)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2005)
GP2 Series (2006-07)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
Australia Nathan Antunes 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
German Formula 3 (2006)
Austria Bernhard Auinger 2001-03 German Formula 3 (2001-02)
International Formula 3000 (2003)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2003)
Brazil Pedro Bianchini 2007 Formula BMW ADAC (2007)
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 2013 European Formula Three Championship (2013)
Italy Mirko Bortolotti 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
India Karun Chandhok 2008 GP2 Series (2008)
GP2 Asia Series (2008)
United States Dominique Claessens 2004 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Monaco Stefano Coletti 2005–08 Formula BMW ADAC (2005-06)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006-07)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008)
France Tom Dillmann 2007–08 Formula 3 Euro Series (200708)
United States John Edwards 2005-07 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005-06)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Atlantic Championship (2007)
United States Paul Edwards 2003 World Series By Nissan (2003)
Austria Philipp Eng 2005–06 Karting (2005)
Formula BMW ADAC (2006)
Portugal António Félix da Costa 2012–13 GP3 Series (2012)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (201213)
United States Colin Fleming 2004-06 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2005-06)
Austria Patrick Friesacher 2001-03 International Formula 3000 (2001-03)
New Zealand Brendon Hartley 2006–10 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006-07)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
British Formula 3 (2008)
Formula 3 Euro Series (200809)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (200910)
GP2 Series (2010)
United Kingdom Callum Ilott[4] 2015 European Formula 3 Championship (2015)
Toyota Racing Series (2015)
Switzerland Neel Jani 2005 & 2007 GP2 Series (2005)
A1GP (2005 & 2007)
Champ Car (2007)
United States Matt Jaskol 2004 Formula BMW USA (2004)
Spain Daniel Juncadella 2008–09 Formula BMW Americas (2008)
Formula BMW Europe (200809)
India Narain Karthikeyan 2004 World Series By Nissan (2004)
Hong Kong Jim Ka To 2005 Asian Formula Renault Challenge (2005)
Austria Reinhard Kofler 2001-04 Formula BMW Junior Cup (2001)
Formula BMW ADAC (2002)
Formula Renault 2000 Masters/Eurocup (2003-04)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2003-04)
Japan Yoshitaka Kuroda 2006 Formula BMW ADAC (2006)
Austria Mathias Lauda 2003-04 World Series Lights (2003)
International Formula 3000 (2004)
Australia Luis Leeds 2016 F4 British Championship (2016)
NACAM Formula 4 Championship (2016)
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 2014 GP3 Series (2014)
United States Grant Maiman 2003 Formula Renault 2000 Masters (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Italia (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2003)
Finland Mika Mäki 2007–09 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (200809)
Brazil Ricardo Maurício 2001–02 International Formula 3000 (2001-02)
Finland Matías Milla 2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
Germany Kevin Mirocha 2007 Formula BMW ADAC (2007)
Canada Daniel Morad 2007 Formula BMW USA (2007)
Finland Atte Mustonen 2004 Karting (2004)
United States Joel Nelson 2003 Euro Formula 3000 (2003)
British Formula 3 (2003)
Finland Teemu Nyman 2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
United Kingdom Oliver Oakes 2006-07 Formula BMW UK (2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2007)
South Africa Callan O'Keeffe 2012–13 ADAC Formel Masters (201213)
Italy Edoardo Piscopo 2006-07 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2006)
Toyota Racing Series (2006-07)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn 2006 Formula BMW UK (2006)
Austria Martin Ragginger 2002–06 Karting (2002–04)
Formula BMW ADAC (2005-06)
Mexico Guillermo Rojas 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup (2004)
Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 2016 European Formula 3 Championship (2016)
Austria Norbert Siedler 2003-04 World Series By Nissan (2003)
Euro Formula 3000 (2004)
United Kingdom Dean Stoneman[5] 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2015)
GP2 Series (2015)
France Jean-Karl Vernay 2007–08 A1GP (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (200708)
Netherlands Beitske Visser[6] 2013 ADAC Formel Masters (2013)
Germany Stefan Wackerbauer 2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2012)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
Austria Christoper Wassermann 2001-04 Karting (2001–02)
Formula BMW ADAC (2003-04)
Canada Robert Wickens 2006-09 Formula BMW USA (2006)
Atlantic Championship (2007)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007-08)
A1GP (2007-08)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008)
FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
United Kingdom Lewis Williamson 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
South Africa Adrian Zaugg 2004-2007 Formula BMW ADAC (2004)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005-06)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2005-06)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2006)
A1GP (2006-07 & 2007)
GP2 Series (2007)
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Graduates rundown[edit]

The scheme has been successful, with several of the drivers backed by Red Bull making it into Formula One:

As well as these, Red Bull supports many up-and-coming young drivers:

In 2004 Red Bull bought Jaguar Racing and renamed the team Red Bull Racing for the 2005 Formula One season. This offered an easy way in to Formula One for Red Bull Junior Team's drivers.

Red Bull Driver Search[edit]

Red Bull Driver Search was an American scheme run from 2002 to 2005 in parallel with the Red Bull Junior Team. Its aim was "Searching for the future American F1 Champion".[7] Another goal was to create "the first ever All-American Formula 1 team."

There has been one clear star of Red Bull Driver Search: Scott Speed. After being one of four winners of the 2002 Red Bull Driver Search,[8] Speed went on to compete in British Formula 3, before winning the German and Eurocup Formula Renault Championships. In 2005, Speed impressed onlookers with his performances in the GP2 Series and, after a short stint in A1 Grand Prix for A1 Team USA, Speed drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Red Bull Driver Search formally concluded on 17 October 2005.[9] Part of the reason it concluded is because Speed successfully made it to Formula One.[10]

A victim of its own success?[edit]

Many talented drivers have risen through the ranks of Red Bull's driver programmes — so many, in fact, that Red Bull did not have the space to bring all of their best drivers into Formula One. In the 2005 Formula One season the second Red Bull Racing seat was shared between Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi, with the drivers swapping between races. To further complicate matters, Scott Speed was vying for a place in Formula One but had to make do with being a non-racing third driver.

To solve this problem, in late 2005, Red Bull purchased the Minardi team to help promote more of its drivers into Formula One.[11] Red Bull described the new outfit as a "Rookie Team", and renamed it as Scuderia Toro Rosso, Italian simply for "Team Red Bull". Liuzzi and Speed drove the cars for the 2006 and 2007 Formula One seasons. Sebastian Vettel replaced Speed permanently at Toro Rosso 3/4ths of the way through the 2007 season.[12] Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais were the drivers for Toro Rosso in 2008. The team scored its first victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.

In 2009, Vettel moved from Toro Rosso to Red Bull's main team.[13] He was succeeded at Scuderia Toro Rosso by Swiss driver Sebastian Buemi, also part of the Red Bull Junior Team.

Midway through 2009, the underperforming Bourdais was replaced by Jaime Alguersuari, another product of the Red Bull Junior Team, and his partnership with Buemi remained intact until the end of 2011.

This efficiency of drivers and the lack of F1 capacity was again shown during the 2011 season when Red Bull essentially rented a seat at back markers Hispania Racing for their Australian junior and 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 season runner up Daniel Ricciardo for the last 11 races of the season.

Buemi and Alguersuari both were replaced at Toro Rosso for the 2012 Formula One season by Ricciardo and 2011 Formula Renault season runner up Jean-Eric Vergne, the duo have both retained their seat for the 2013 season. In 2014, Ricciardo was promoted to Red Bull Racing, the "senior" team, and replaced by Daniil Kvyat. For 2015, Kvyat will move on to Red Bull Racing, taking the seat left vacant by Vettel,[14] and he and Vergne (who followed Vettel to Ferrari) were replaced by Max Verstappen, who joined the Red Bull Junior Team in August, 2014, and Carlos Sainz Jr..

Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen traded places ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, with Verstappen promoted to Red Bull Racing and Kvyat returning to Scuderia Toro Rosso.[15] Red Bull explained the decision to swap their drivers as being made to relieve pressure on Kvyat following criticism for his role in a first-lap accident in the Russian Grand Prix, and to ease ongoing tension between Verstappen and team-mate Carlos Sainz, Jr. at Toro Rosso.[16]

Formula 3000[edit]

  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clifford, Peter (18 December 2013). "Three Red Bull Juniors for 2014". Red Bull. Red Bull. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Red Bull adds Ticktum, Verhagen to junior roster". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  3. ^ http://www.redbullracing.com/article/new-line-spain
  4. ^ "Red Bull Junior to Carlin for FIA F3". Carlin. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Hensby, Paul (12 February 2015). "Briton Stoneman joins Red Bull Stable". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Allen, Peter (27 March 2013). "Beitske Visser joins Red Bull Junior Team". paddockscout.com. Paddock Scout. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.redbulldriversearch.com/assets/pdf/2002_RBDS2_%2007June.pdf
  8. ^ Red Bull Driver Search (official website), 2002 History. http://www.redbulldriversearch.com/history.php?view=2002
  9. ^ Red Bull Driver Search
  10. ^ Red Bull Racing Driver Search, Program Explanation, http://www.redbulldriversearch.com/program.php
  11. ^ BBC SPORT – Red Bull swoop for Minardi deal
  12. ^ "U.S. driver Scott Speed dropped by Toro Rosso, replaced by Sebastian Vettel". Associated Press. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  13. ^ 18 July 2008, Formula1.com (Official Formula One series website), "Exclusive interview – Red Bull-bound Sebastian Vettel" http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2008/7/8102.html
  14. ^ http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/daniil-kvyat-selected-as-vettel-s-replacement-at-red-bull/
  15. ^ "New line-up for Spain". redbullracing.com. Red Bull Racing. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Marko: Verstappen promotion to ease pressure". speedcafe.com. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  17. ^ GP2 and Formula 3000 entry list and complete results speedsportmag.com

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