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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. Four of them, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly 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 drivers

Red Bull Junior Team drivers
Driver Years Current Series Titles as Red Bull Junior
Estonia Jüri Vips[1] 2018- FIA Formula 2 Championship[2][3] None as Red Bull Junior Team member
United Kingdom Jonny Edgar 2018- FIA Formula 3 Championship[4] ADAC Formula 4 Championship
New Zealand Liam Lawson[5] 2019- FIA Formula 2 Championship[3]
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters[6]
None as Red Bull Junior Team member
India Jehan Daruvala[7] 2020- FIA Formula 2 Championship[8]
F3 Asian Championship[9]
None as Red Bull Junior Team member
United States Jak Crawford[10] 2020- FIA Formula 3 Championship[11]
Euroformula Open[12]
None as Red Bull Junior Team member
Japan Ayumu Iwasa[13] 2021- FIA Formula 3 Championship[11]
F3 Asian Championship[14]
None as Red Bull Junior Team member
France Isack Hadjar[15] from 2022 Formula Regional European Championship None as Red Bull Junior Team member


Red Bull-supported drivers, but not members of the Red Bull Junior Team[16]
Driver Years Current Series Titles as Red Bull Junior
Australia Jack Doohan[17] 2018- FIA Formula 3 Championship[18] None as Red Bull Junior Team member
Norway Dennis Hauger[19] 2018- FIA Formula 3 Championship[20] Italian F4 Championship
United Kingdom Arvid Lindblad[13] 2021- Karting (OK) None as Red Bull Junior Team member
Japan Hiroki Otsu[21] 2021- Super Formula Championship None as Red Bull Junior Team member

Graduates to Red Bull Racing

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
Austria 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 2005-2006 Jaguar (2004)
HRT (2010)
Germany Sebastian Vettel 2001-2007 Karting (2001-2002)
Formula BMW ADAC (2003-2004)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2005-2006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2006-2007)
2007-2008 2009-2014 BMW Sauber (2007)
Ferrari (2015-2020)
Aston Martin (2021-)[a]
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2002-2004 German Formula Three Championship (2002)
International Formula 3000 (2003-2004)
2006-2007 2005 Force India (2009-2010)
HRT (2011)
Australia 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 (2009-2011)
2012-2013 2014-2018 HRT (2011)
Renault (2019-2020)
McLaren (2021-)[b]
Russia Daniil Kvyat 2010-2013 Formula BMW Europe (2010)
Formula BMW Pacific (2010)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2010-2012)
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
2016-2017[c]
2019-2020
2015-2016[c] N/A
Thailand Alexander Albon 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2012)
2019[d] 2019-2020[d] N/A
Netherlands Max Verstappen 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2014) 2015-2016[c] 2016-present[c] N/A
France Pierre Gasly 2014-2017 Formula Renault 3.5 (2014)
GP2 Series (2014-2016)
Super Formula (2017)
2017-2018

2019-present[d]

2019[d] N/A
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.
  1. ^ Vettel is contracted to Aston Martin for the 2021 season
  2. ^ Ricciardo is contracted to McLaren for the 2021 season
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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/AlphaTauri

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
United States Scott Speed 2003-2005 British Formula 3 Championship (2003)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
GP2 Series (2005)
A1GP (2005)
2006-2007 N/A
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2005-2008 Formula BMW ADAC (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2006-07)
A1GP (2006-07)
GP2 Series (2007-08)
GP2 Asia Series (2008)
2009-2011 N/A
Spain Jaime Alguersuari 2006-2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006-2007)
Italian Formula Renault Championship (2006-2007)
British Formula 3 Championship (2008)
Spanish Formula Three Championship (2008)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2009)
2009-2011 N/A
New Zealand Brendon Hartley 2006-2010 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006-2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
British Formula 3 (2008)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008-2009)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2009-2010)
2017-2018 N/A
France Jean-Éric Vergne 2008-2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2008-2009)
Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup (2008-2009)
British Formula 3 Championship (2010)
GP3 Series (2010)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2010-2011)
2012-2014 N/A
Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 2010-2014 Formula BMW Europe (2010)
Formula BMW Pacific (2010)
European F3 Open (2010)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2010-2011)
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (2011)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2011-2012)
British Formula 3 Championship (2012)
GP3 Series (2013)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2013-2014)
2015-2017 Renault (2017-2018)
McLaren (2019-2020)
Ferrari (2021-)[22]
Japan Yuki Tsunoda 2019-2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship (2019)
Euroformula Open Championship (2019)
Toyota Racing Series (2020)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (2020)
2021- N/A
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Former drivers

Driver Years Series competed
Russia Sergey Afanasiev 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 Suisse (2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Portugal 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)
Russia Mikhail Aleshin 2005-2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
A1GP (2005-06)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2006-2008)
GP2 Series (2007)
FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
Germany Michael Ammermüller 2004-2007 Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2004-2005)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2005)
GP2 Series (2006-2007)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007)
A1GP (2007)
Australia Nathan Antunes 2006 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
German Formula 3 (2006)
Austria Lucas Auer[23] 2019 Super Formula Championship (2019)
Austria Bernhard Auinger 2001-2003 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 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2013)
Italy Mirko Bortolotti 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship (2009)
United States Dominique Claessens 2004 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Monaco Stefano Coletti 2005-2008 Formula BMW ADAC (2005-2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2006-2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008)
France Tom Dillmann 2007-2008 Formula 3 Euro Series (2007-2008)
United States John Edwards 2005-2007 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany (2005)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2005-2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2006)
Atlantic Championship (2007)
United States Paul Edwards 2003 World Series By Nissan (2003)
Austria Philipp Eng 2005-2006 Karting (2005)
Formula BMW ADAC (2006)
Portugal António Félix da Costa 2012-2013 GP3 Series (2012)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012-2013)
United States Colin Fleming 2004-2006 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup (2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2004)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2005-2006)
Brazil Igor Fraga 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship (2020)
Austria Patrick Friesacher 2001-2003 International Formula 3000 (2001-2003)
United Kingdom Callum Ilott[24] 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 2008-2009 Formula BMW Americas (2008)
Formula BMW Europe (2008-2009)
Finland Niko Kari 2016-2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2016)
GP3 Series (2017)
India Narain Karthikeyan 2004 World Series By Nissan (2004)
Hong Kong Jim Ka To 2005 Asian Formula Renault Challenge (2005)
Austria Reinhard Kofler 2001-2004 Formula BMW Junior Cup (2001)
Formula BMW ADAC (2002)
Formula Renault 2000 Masters/Eurocup (2003-2004)
Formula Renault 2000 Germany (2003-2004)
Japan Yoshitaka Kuroda 2006 Formula BMW ADAC (2006)
Austria Mathias Lauda 2003-2004 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 2007-2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2008-2009)
Brazil Ricardo Maurício 2001-2002 International Formula 3000 (2001-2002)
Argentina 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 2006-2007 Formula BMW UK (2006)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2007)
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (2007)
South Africa Callan O'Keeffe 2012-2013 ADAC Formel Masters (2012-2013)
Mexico Patricio O'Ward[25] 2019[26] IndyCar Series (2019)
FIA Formula 2 Championship (2019)
Super Formula Championship (2019)
Italy 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)
Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn 2006 Formula BMW UK (2006)
Austria Martin Ragginger 2002-2006 Karting (2002-2004)
Formula BMW ADAC (2005-2006)
Mexico Guillermo Rojas 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup (2004)
Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2016)
Austria Norbert Siedler 2003-2004 World Series By Nissan (2003)
Euro Formula 3000 (2004)
United Kingdom Dean Stoneman[27] 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2015)
GP2 Series (2015)
United Kingdom Harry Thompson 2018-2019 Karting
United Kingdom Dan Ticktum[28] 2017-2019 Formula Renault Eurocup (2017)
FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2018)
Super Formula Championship (2019)
United States Neil Verhagen[28] 2017-2018 Formula Renault Eurocup (2017-2018)
Formula Renault NEC (2017-2018)
France Jean-Karl Vernay 2007-2008 A1GP (2007)
Formula 3 Euro Series (2007-2008)
Netherlands Richard Verschoor 2016-2017 SMP F4 Championship (2016)
F4 Spanish Championship (2016)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2017)
Toyota Racing Series (2017)
Netherlands Beitske Visser[29] 2013 ADAC Formel Masters (2013)
Germany Stefan Wackerbauer 2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 (2012)
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps (2012)
Austria Christoper Wassermann 2001-2004 Karting (2001-2002)
Formula BMW ADAC (2003-2004)
Canada Robert Wickens 2006-2009 Formula BMW USA (2006)
Atlantic Championship (2007)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007-2008)
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 (2005-2006)
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia (2005-2006)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2006)
A1GP (2006-07 & 2007)
GP2 Series (2007)
  • Championship titles highlighted in bold.

Graduates summary

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 Search

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".[30] 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,[31] 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.[32] Part of the reason it concluded is because Speed successfully made it to Formula One.[33]

Results

Formula 3000

International Formula 3000 Championship Results[34]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
1999 Lola-Zytek Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 10 0 0 0 2 18th ?
Austria Markus Friesacher 3 0 0 0 0 NC
Brazil Ricardo Mauricio 7 0 0 0 1 22nd
2000 Lola-Zytek Brazil Ricardo Mauricio 10 0 0 0 4 17th 9th
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 10 0 0 0 5 16th
2001 Lola-Zytek Austria Patrick Friesacher 12 0 0 0 8 13th 5th
Spain Antonio García 4 0 0 0 0 NC
Brazil Ricardo Mauricio 8 0 0 0 14 8th
2002 Lola-Zytek Austria Patrick Friesacher 12 0 0 0 14 10th 5th
Brazil Ricardo Mauricio 12 0 0 0 9 11th
2003 Lola-Zytek Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 10 0 1 0 39 4th 2nd
Austria Patrick Friesacher 8 1 0 1 36 5th
Austria Bernhard Auinger 2 0 0 0 0 NC
  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.

Notes

See also

References

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