Red Bull Junior Team

The team logo
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 AlphaTauri.

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 driversEdit

Driver Years Current Series Titles
  Jüri Vips[1] 2018– Super Formula Championship
Formula Regional European Championship
none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Jack Doohan 2018– FIA Formula 3 Championship
F3 Asian Championship
none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Dennis Hauger 2018– FIA Formula 3 Championship[2] 2019 Italian F4 Championship
  Jonny Edgar 2018– ADAC Formula 4
Italian F4 Championship
none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Liam Lawson[3] 2019– FIA Formula 3 Championship
Toyota Racing Series
none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Yuki Tsunoda[4] 2019– FIA Formula 2 Championship
Toyota Racing Series
none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Jehan Daruvala[5] 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Igor Fraga[6] 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship none as Red Bull Junior Team member
  Jak Crawford[7] 2020 ADAC Formula 4
Italian F4 Championship
none as Red Bull Junior Team member

Graduates to Red Bull RacingEdit

Driver Junior Team experience F1 experience with Red Bull F1 experience with other teams
Years Former series Scuderia Toro Rosso/Scuderia AlphaTauri Red Bull Racing
  Christian Klien 2001–2003 Formula BMW ADAC (2001)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2002)
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2002)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2003)
N/A 20052006 Jaguar (2004)
HRT (2010)
  Sebastian Vettel 2001–2007 Karting (2001–2002)
Formula BMW ADAC (20032004)
Formula 3 Euro Series (20052006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20062007)
20072008 20092014 BMW Sauber (2007)
Ferrari (20152020)
  Vitantonio Liuzzi 2002–2004 German Formula Three Championship (2002)
International Formula 3000 (20032004)
20062007 2005 Force India (20092010)
HRT (2011)
  Daniel Ricciardo 2008–2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2008)
Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup (2008)
British Formula 3 Championship (2009)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20092011)
20122013 20142018 HRT (2011)
Renault (2019-2020)[a]
  Daniil Kvyat 2010–2013 Formula BMW Europe (2010)
Formula BMW Pacific (2010)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20102012)
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (2011)
Toyota Racing Series (2011)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
GP3 Series (2013)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2013)
2014
20162017[b]
2019-present
20152016[b] N/A
  Alexander Albon 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2012)
2019[c] 2019-present[c] N/A
  Max Verstappen 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2014) 20152016[b] 2016-present[b] N/A
  Pierre Gasly 2014–2017 Formula Renault 3.5 (2014)
GP2 Series (20142016)
Super Formula (2017)
20172018

2019-present[c]

2019[c] N/A
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.
  1. ^ Ricciardo is contracted to McLaren for the 2021 season
  2. ^ a b c d Max Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull Racing mid-season following the Russian Grand Prix, replacing Daniil Kvyat who was demoted back to Scuderia Toro Rosso
  3. ^ a b c d Alexander Albon was promoted to Red Bull Racing mid-season following the Hungarian Grand Prix, replacing Pierre Gasly who was demoted back to Scuderia Toro Rosso

Graduates to Toro Rosso/AlphaTauriEdit

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

Driver Junior Team experience Toro Rosso/AlphaTauri F1 experience with other teams
Years Former series
  Scott Speed 2003–2005 British Formula 3 Championship (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
GP2 Series (2005)
A1GP (2005)
20062007 N/A
  Sébastien Buemi 2005–2008 Formula BMW ADAC (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Formula 3 Euro Series (200607)
A1GP (2006–07)
GP2 Series (200708)
GP2 Asia Series (2008)
20092011 N/A
  Jaime Alguersuari 2006–2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20062007)
Italian Formula Renault Championship (20062007)
British Formula 3 Championship (2008)
Spanish Formula Three Championship (2008)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2009)
20092011 N/A
  Brendon Hartley 2006–2010 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20062007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
British Formula 3 (2008)
Formula 3 Euro Series (20082009)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20092010)
20172018 N/A
  Jean-Éric Vergne 2008–2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20082009)
Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup (20082009)
British Formula 3 Championship (2010)
GP3 Series (2010)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20102011)
20122014 N/A
  Carlos Sainz Jr. 2010–2014 Formula BMW Europe (2010)
Formula BMW Pacific (2010)
European F3 Open (2010)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20102011)
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (2011)
Formula 3 Euro Series (20112012)
British Formula 3 Championship (2012)
GP3 Series (2013)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20132014)
20152017 Renault (2017 - 2018)

McLaren (2019 - 2020)

Ferrari (2021 -)[8]

  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Former driversEdit

Driver Years Series competed
  Sergey Afanasiev 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 Suisse (2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
  Filipe Albuquerque 2005–2007 Spanish Formula 3 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005-2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007)
GP2 Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
  Mikhail Aleshin 2005–2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
A1GP (2005–06)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20062008)
GP2 Series (2007)
FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
  Michael Ammermüller 2004–2007 Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20042005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2005)
GP2 Series (20062007)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
  Nathan Antunes 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
German Formula 3 (2006)
  Lucas Auer[9] 2019 Super Formula Championship (2019)
  Bernhard Auinger 2001–2003 German Formula 3 (200102)
International Formula 3000 (2003)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2003)
  Pedro Bianchini 2007 Formula BMW ADAC (2007)
  Tom Blomqvist 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2013)
  Mirko Bortolotti 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
  Dominique Claessens 2004 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
  Stefano Coletti 2005–2008 Formula BMW ADAC (20052006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20062007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008)
  Tom Dillmann 2007–2008 Formula 3 Euro Series (20072008)
  John Edwards 2005–2007 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20052006)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Atlantic Championship (2007)
  Paul Edwards 2003 World Series By Nissan (2003)
  Philipp Eng 2005–2006 Karting (2005)
Formula BMW ADAC (2006)
  António Félix da Costa 2012–2013 GP3 Series (2012)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20122013)
  Colin Fleming 2004–2006 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20052006)
  Patrick Friesacher 2001–2003 International Formula 3000 (20012003)
  Callum Ilott[10] 2015 European Formula 3 Championship (2015)
Toyota Racing Series (2015)
  Neel Jani 2005 & 2007 GP2 Series (2005)
A1GP (2005 & 2007)
Champ Car (2007)
  Matt Jaskol 2004 Formula BMW USA (2004)
  Daniel Juncadella 2008–2009 Formula BMW Americas (2008)
Formula BMW Europe (20082009)
  Niko Kari 2016-2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2016)
GP3 Series (2017)
  Narain Karthikeyan 2004 World Series By Nissan (2004)
  Jim Ka To 2005 Asian Formula Renault Challenge (2005)
  Reinhard Kofler 2001–2004 Formula BMW Junior Cup (2001)
Formula BMW ADAC (2002)
Formula Renault 2000 Masters/Eurocup (20032004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (20032004)
  Yoshitaka Kuroda 2006 Formula BMW ADAC (2006)
  Mathias Lauda 2003–2004 World Series Lights (2003)
International Formula 3000 (2004)
  Luis Leeds 2016 F4 British Championship (2016)
NACAM Formula 4 Championship (2016)
  Alex Lynn 2014 GP3 Series (2014)
  Grant Maiman 2003 Formula Renault 2000 Masters (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Italia (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2003)
  Mika Mäki 2007–2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (20082009)
  Ricardo Maurício 2001–2002 International Formula 3000 (20012002)
  Matías Milla 2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
  Kevin Mirocha 2007 Formula BMW ADAC (2007)
  Daniel Morad 2007 Formula BMW USA (2007)
  Atte Mustonen 2004 Karting (2004)
  Joel Nelson 2003 Euro Formula 3000 (2003)
British Formula 3 (2003)
  Teemu Nyman 2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
  Oliver Oakes 2006–2007 Formula BMW UK (2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2007)
  Callan O'Keeffe 2012–2013 ADAC Formel Masters (20122013)
  Patricio O'Ward[11] 2019[12] IndyCar Series (2019)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (2019)
Super Formula Championship (2019)
  Edoardo Piscopo 2006–2007 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2006)
Toyota Racing Series (2006–07)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
  Niall Quinn 2006 Formula BMW UK (2006)
  Martin Ragginger 2002–2006 Karting (2002–2004)
Formula BMW ADAC (20052006)
  Guillermo Rojas 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup (2004)
  Sérgio Sette Câmara 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2016)
  Norbert Siedler 2003–2004 World Series By Nissan (2003)
Euro Formula 3000 (2004)
  Dean Stoneman[13] 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2015)
GP2 Series (2015)
  Harry Thompson 2018-2019 Karting
  Dan Ticktum[14] 2017–2019 Formula Renault Eurocup (2017)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2018)
Super Formula Championship (2019)
  Neil Verhagen[14] 2017–2018 Formula Renault Eurocup (20172018
Formula Renault NEC (20172018)
  Jean-Karl Vernay 2007–2008 A1GP (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (20072008)
  Richard Verschoor 2016–2017 SMP F4 Championship (2016)
F4 Spanish Championship (2016)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2017)
Toyota Racing Series (2017)
  Beitske Visser[15] 2013 ADAC Formel Masters (2013)
  Stefan Wackerbauer 2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2012)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
  Christoper Wassermann 2001–2004 Karting (2001–2002)
Formula BMW ADAC (20032004)
  Robert Wickens 2006–2009 Formula BMW USA (2006)
Atlantic Championship (2007)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (20072008)
A1GP (2007–08)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008)
FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
  Lewis Williamson 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012)
  Adrian Zaugg 2004-2007 Formula BMW ADAC (2004)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (20052006)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (20052006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2006)
A1GP (2006–07 & 2007)
GP2 Series (2007)
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Graduates rundownEdit

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 season.

Red Bull Driver SearchEdit

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".[16] 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,[17] 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.[18] Part of the reason it concluded is because Speed successfully made it to Formula One.[19]

ResultsEdit

Formula 3000Edit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allen, Peter (12 November 2018). "Juri Vips joins Red Bull Junior Team ahead of Macau Grand Prix". FormulaScout. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ Visman, Floris (20 January 2020). "NEWS | Helmut Marko has confirmed Dennis Hauger and Liam Lawson will be in Formula 3 in 2020. No team(s) named yet, though". Twitter. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Red Bull recruits Liam Lawson as junior". 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ "THE RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM AND THE HONDA FORMULA DREAM PROJECT". 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ "The Red Bull Junior Team welcomes Jehan Daruvala". 20 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Igor Fraga joins the Red Bull Junior Team". 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. ^ "RED BULL JUNIOR TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT 2020 - NO STOPPING THE JUNIORS RACING AND WINNING INTO A NEW SEASON". 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Carlos Sainz to race for Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow in 2021 and 2022". ferrari.com. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  9. ^ Nimmervoll, Christian (13 December 2019). "Auer, Red Bull split after single year in Super Formula". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Red Bull Junior to Carlin for FIA F3". Carlin. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Patricio O'Ward joins Red Bull Junior Team for IndyCar campaign". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  12. ^ "O'Ward splits with Red Bull – and enters the McLaren IndyCar frame". 20 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  13. ^ Hensby, Paul (12 February 2015). "Briton Stoneman joins Red Bull Stable". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Red Bull adds Ticktum, Verhagen to junior roster". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  15. ^ Allen, Peter (27 March 2013). "Beitske Visser joins Red Bull Junior Team". paddockscout.com. Paddock Scout. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Red Bull Driver Search (official website), 2002 History. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 August 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Red Bull Driver Search". web.archive.org. 21 February 2006.
  19. ^ Red Bull Racing Driver Search, Program Explanation, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ GP2 and Formula 3000 entry list and complete results speedsportmag.com

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