F1 2015 Preview: Red Bull

2014 Statistics

Constructors Championship: 2nd
Wins: 3
Podiums: 12
Pole positions: 0
Points finishes: 32

2014 was a strange season for Red Bull Racing. Firstly, having won four consecutive world championships, they had to settle for a distant second place to the new dominant force – Mercedes. Secondly, their new driver – Daniel Ricciardo fresh from a stint at junior team Toro Rosso – was the one winning the races for them and challenging for the title.

Sebastian Vettel had a somewhat lacklustre season compared to the four previous where he had won championships. He struggled to get to grips with the new regulations and it was his team-mate who came out on top. While Mercedes dominated the season, winning all but three races, Red Bull salvaged three race wins and 12 podiums. The new engine regulations wrecked havoc for the team as the Renault unit fitted to their car struggled to get close to the superior Mercedes unit.

Last year pre-season testing was a time to forget for them – just 319 laps over three tests – but this year they have had a more solid start. ERS issues have still niggled the team but overall they have looked much better.

Ricciardo made the step up to Red Bull last year to replace fellow countryman Mark Webber. He was in the title battle until the latter stages of the season and picked up three victories. He also out-qualified Vettel 11-8 and finished over 70 points clear. Having scored many podiums and victories last year he has a solid foundation going into the new season as official team leader. The Renault engine also looks better than it did last year meaning Red Bull may be able to get in closer battles with the leading team.

2014 rookie Daniil Kvyat got the call up when Vettel flew the nest to Ferrari. He had solid debut season and picked up eight points. In the Red Bull senior team he has a tough act to follow in the form of team-mate Ricciardo and predecessor Vettel. The team obviously have the faith in him that he is the man for the job. He has shown signs of speed and no doubt he is under no illusions about what he has to do in 2015.

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