“All because of Dietrich”: Red Bull grateful to the late Dietrich Mateschitz as the team clinches first double F1 titles since 2013


“All because of Dietrich”: Red Bull grateful to the late Dietrich Mateschitz as the team clinches first double F1 titles since 2013

Red Bull F1 team owner Dietrich Mateschitz

Red Bull started its F1 journey in 2005 after company co-founder, the late Dietrich Mateschitz bought out the Jaguar Racing team. Since then Mateschitz went on the path towards making Red Bull Racing the best team on the grid by hiring the finest personnel and investing heavily in the team. The results paid off with the Austrian team winning 4 back to back double titles between 2010-2013.

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A huge role in this rise was played by Dietrich Mateschitz who was even referred to by Adrian Newey as someone who wasn’t afraid of investing in expensive technology to get results. The team also spent its resources on the young driver programme and a junior team in the form of Toro Rosso, in order to spot and develop talent for the main team. The driver academy which gave us the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz and many more.

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As the Hybrid Era in Formula one began in 2014, the team lost its competitive edge due to the unreliable and underpowered Renault power units, resulting in the team being out of title contention against the mighty Mercedes F1 Team. This led the team to look for solutions to fight for the championship again. The most major one is the switch to Honda power units from the 2019 F1 season.

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Max Verstappen’s victory at the United States Grand Prix secured the team’s first Constructors’ title since 2013, a day after the of Mateschitz. This victory was this felt as a tribute to the team’s founder with Christian Horner speaking on the team radio after the race, “Dietrich Mateschitz, thank you for all you have done.” and Verstappen replying, “This is all because of Dietrich.”

Ever since 2019, the team had worked closely with Honda in order to obtain maximum harmony between the chassis and the engines. The results paid off with the Max Verstappen winning the drivers’ championship in 2021, the team’s first since 2013. Although the Constructors’ victory was still far off.

In 2022, the team was able to gain back its lacklustre start to the season, by sheer domination, as the team has won 15 of the 19 rounds of the Formula 1 world championship. Verstappen had sealed the drivers’ championship in the Japanese Grand Prix weekend itself. The United States Grand Prix has thus become an emotional and memorable weekend for the whole team as they celebrate their victory having made their former boss immensely proud.

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