Red Bull F1 Team hits 300 races

This weekend’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix might be the first race to be held in Istanbul for nine years but for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing the weekend marks an important milestone – the Team’s 300th race.

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To celebrate we’ve delved into the into memory banks of six key Team members who’ve been with Red Bull Racing since the very start to hear about their personal highlights of the past 299 Grands Prix.

Hear from Team Principal Christian Horner’s recollection of the Team’s first against-the-odds double championship win in Abu Dhabi in 2010 to Head of Race Strategy Will Courtenay revealing why he’s missed just one race day from the last 299, and on to front end mechanic Ole Schack’s memory of the race crew’s toughest challenge in getting Max Verstappen’s car repaired in just 17 minutes on the grid of this year’s Hungarian GP, Red Bull Racing’s Originals tell the remarkable story of the Team’s rise from 2005 F1 rebels to Grand Prix greats across 16 seasons of intense, exhilarating competition.

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 6th, Start Position: 2nd

“Today was just a very difficult race, to be honest. The start was not great and I dropped back to fourth with the lack of grip on the dirty side of the grid. I got back up to third and tried to follow Checo through the kink but washed out massively which put me onto the green on the exit kerb and I had a big spin. I tried to keep it out of the wall but flat-spotted my tyres and needed to pit. With fresh tyres, of course, you very quickly catch up with the guys in front but then you can’t pass. There’s just one line around here and already that line is very slippery and you just have to do the same line as the person ahead which is very frustrating. Also, the fact that the track wasn’t really drying meant we couldn’t switch to slicks so we had to stay on intermediates which just get destroyed pretty quickly. It was a complicated race with a mixture of just following the car ahead, having no grip and trying to survive! It’s not been a great day and I guess it was just not meant to be.”

ALEX ALBON, Finish Position: 7th, Start Position: 4th

“I have mixed feelings as everything was going to plan and it looked like we were on for the win but it was a strange race and finishing seventh is definitely confusing. We have been so competitive all weekend so today is a tough one to take. Both of us had poor starts but we picked our way through the field and when we pitted for inters, we had an incredible grip, and we were so quick. The pace was really strong, but then we boxed for the second set of interest, and we had no grip and no pace, so there’s a bit of head-scratching. It’s hard to understand but we’ll sit down and understand it as these conditions were so unusual. This weekend has been going really well, I’m happy with the progress we’ve made and some things on my side of the garage have definitely helped so I can’t wait to get out there in Bahrain and get going again.”

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