Bulls notch up a half century

Ricciardo wins in Belgium
Ricciardo wins in Belgium

Daniel Ricciardo’s win in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix was not only his third of the season and second in a row, but brought up the half century for Red Bull Racing.

Since their inception in 2005, the team from Tilbrook have broken plenty of records, and find themselves fifth on the all-time list of team wins.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 14:  Race winner and F1 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium following the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 14, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel 105079919

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 14: Race winner and F1 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium following the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 14, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel 105079919

Having competed in 177 Grand Prix, their 50th victory comes in sensational time, especially when you consider all of their successes have come in five and a half years.

The illusive first victory came at the Chinese Grand Prix in 2009. The season started with the all-conquering Brawn GP taking the world by storm with a huge regulation change up.

However, the torrential conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit were ideal for the RB5 of Sebastian Vettel and team mate Mark Webber, who cruised to not only the team’s first victory, but also their first 1-2 finish.

They would go on to win four more races in 2009, before mounting a serious title challenge in 2010.

NOIDA, INDIA - OCTOBER 27:  Race winner and 2013 Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 27, 2013 in Noida, India.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel 166989286

NOIDA, INDIA - OCTOBER 27: Race winner and 2013 Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 27, 2013 in Noida, India. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel 166989286

The RB6 was the class of the field, winning nine of the 19 races that year. Webber took sensational victories at the Monaco and British Grand Prix, among others, while Vettel ultimately came out on top, winning his first world championship at the very death in Abu Dhabi, pictured.

It was a far more comfortable season in 2011 for Red Bull. Vettel won 11 races, including six of the first eight, to dominate the title race. Webber added another to his total in the final race of the season at Brazil, as the team once again wrapped up the driver’s and constructor’s championship double.

The 2012 season saw Red Bull continue to dominate the F1 world, but they were made to wait until the final race of the season to taste the victory champagne once again.

Vettel’s five victories were enough to guide him past the threat of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to lift his third consecutive championship, while Webber once again took wins at Monaco and Silverstone.

But 2013 was arguably Vettel’s, and Red Bull’s most successful season. Although he took four wins in the first part of the season, Vettel’s sheer dominance in the Red Bull didn’t come to the fore until after the summer break, including at the Indian GP, above.

The German wrapped up his fourth title in supreme style by winning the final nine races in a row.

With wholesale regulation changes, Red Bull have found themselves on the fringes of the pace this season.

Still best of the rest to the all conquering Mercedes, Daniel Ricciardo has picked up three wins this season, at Canada, Hungary and Belgium, while Vettel is yet to open his account for the first time since 2007.

But with seven races remaining this season, there’s still time to add to the total.