As Red Bull continues to clean up at every race of the Formula 1 season, PlanetF1.com has taken a look at some of the records and milestones the team and its staff could soon break.
Just as Mercedes did during the 2010s, Red Bull are finding that everything they touch of late turns to gold. Victorious in every race of the 2023 season so far and winner of the last two Drivers’ Championships, Red Bull are without doubt the dominant force in F1.
With mastermind Adrian Newey behind them and the supreme talent of Max Verstappen, there is every suggestion that this run could continue onwards and earn Red Bull some more titles for the record books.
With that in mind, here are five records or milestones the team or its staff members could soon break:
Max Verstappen and his ridiculous win percentage
Before the 2021 campaign, Verstappen often had to settle for the occasional victory in F1 having secured 10 before the 2021 season got underway. Which makes it all the more staggering that two and a half years later, he has now crossed the line first 40 times.
To put that in some context, a tally of 10 wins would put him joint 31st in the all-time list alongside James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Jody Scheckter, Gerhard Berger and Valtteri Bottas. Now though, Verstappen has the sixth most race wins and is just one away from Ayrton Senna.
In terms of percentages, Verstappen has won 58% percent of all races since the start of the 2021 season and if you were to only count from 2022 onwards, that number rises to 68%. As for his overall win percentage, that is at 24% putting him at 10th on the all-time list of drivers to have competed in five or more races.
In 2022, he won a record 15 races and after seven rounds in 2023, he is already on five, giving him 15 more races to break his own record.
Just five of the last 51 podiums have not had a Red Bull driver on them
Another example of Red Bull’s sustained dominance over the last few years is how many podiums that have racked up. Take any race from the start of the 2021 season and chances are either Verstappen or Sergio Perez is on one of the top three steps.
Before 2021, Red Bull as a team had secured 183 podium finishes but following the conclusion of the 2023 Spanish Grand Prix, that number is now 245 and the Milton Keynes outfit have missed out on podiums in just 10% of all races since the start of 2021.
Their tally puts them fifth in the all-time leaders, behind only Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams but they could add 30 to that tally before the season is out.
In terms of consecutive podiums, Red Bull still have some way to go with their current tally of eight well short of the 53 set by Ferrari between 1999 and 2002.
Red Bull are four wins away from breaking an all-time record
This is one stat that currently looks a certainty to become true given the team’s recent form.
The all-time record for most wins in a row as a constructor currently belongs to McLaren who achieved the feat in 1988 when Aryton Senna and Alain Prost won all but one of the 16 grands prix that year. The only race they did not win was the Italian Grand Prix which, to the delight of the home fans, was won by Ferrari’s Gerhard Berger and ended McLaren’s streak on 11.
Red Bull are currently on eight consecutive victories having tasted success in every race since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and in theory, they could equal the record at this year’s British Grand Prix and then beat it at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Incredibly given their dominance in the 2010s, Mercedes never managed to equal McLaren’s record but instead reached 10 consecutive victories on three different occasions. Ferrari have also hit 10 in the past having done so in 2002.
The RB19 could be Adrian Newey’s best car yet
Of course it is not just the drivers that have contributed to the team’s success and one man who has played a bigger role than most is Adrian Newey. The F1 design guru has been with the team since 2006 and has already provided Red Bull with six title-winning cars, more than he has done with any other team in his illustrious career.
In total, Newey has played a part in designing 13 championship winning cars dating all the way back to his first success with Williams and the FW14B. Newey holds the record for the most titles won as a designer and could extend that number to 14 should the RB19 follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.
The RB19 could also become the most dominant car of Newey’s career with that mantle currently taken by the RB18 which won 18 of a possible 22 races. The most successful car in history is the McLaren-Honda MP 4/4 which won all but one race in the 1988 season.
Christian Horner will soon join an exclusive list
As well as the drivers and Newey, there is one face that represents Red Bull more than most and that is Christian Horner. The 49-year-old Englishman joined the team at its conception and has remained there ever since, making him the longest-serving team principal currently on the grid ahead of Franz Tost and Toto Wolff.
But not only is Horner known for his longevity but also his immense success with all five Constructors’ Championships and all six Drivers’ Championships coming under his watch. Horner is close to joining an elite club of team principals who have secured more than 100 wins during their tenure with currently only Wolff, Frank Williams and Ron Dennis having broken that barrier.
Horner, with his 99 wins, surpassed Jean Todt following victory at the Monaco Grand Prix and should Red Bull win in Canada, he will become the fourth team principal in history with 100 wins or more.
He is still some way off catching those ahead of him though with Wolff currently on 112 while the late Frank Williams oversaw 114 victories. Leader Ron Dennis was in charge for 133 McLaren wins.