Team RB

Points 7 Position Team 6 Power Unit Red Bull Powertrains
Founded 2020 Based Faenza

Back in 2006, Formula 1 saw the first Scuderia Toro Rosso challenger line up on the grid. The team, previously Paul Stoddart's Minardi, had been bought as Red Bull Racing's junior team, a place where they could train drivers away from the pressure before promoting them to the senior team.

Under the AlphaTauri name, the outfit was promoted to sister team status, though the goal of the team remained the same, but for 2024 the name has changed again, to Visa Cash App RB for sponsorship reasons, or shortened to RB.

The philosophy behind Red Bull's sister squad has meant that the Formula 1 team has always been in the lower half of the pack, a training ground more than a place to get the results.

That, though, didn't stop Sebastian Vettel.

Back in 2008 the German made history as he made the most of the conditions at a wet Monza circuit, taking the team's first-ever pole position. A day later he did the unthinkable as he followed that up with the race win, Toro Rosso's first and only win under that marque.

The team added two further podiums in 2019. Daniil Kvyat, returning to Toro Rosso after being axed from the programme after the 2017 season, was third in a chaotic German GP while Gasly, demoted to Toro Rosso after failing to make the grade at Red Bull, was second in Brazil.

Their efforts meant Toro Rosso, running a Honda engine for the second year in succession, finished the championship in sixth place. That matched their best previous performance from Vettel's race-winning 2008 season.

For 2020 Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz rebranded Toro Rosso to AlphaTauri, reflecting his company's new venture in the fashion world.

And on the track it certainly did them no harm as Gasly repeated Vettel's heroics by winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a second win for the team and again on home soil, the stuff of dreams!

For 2021, AlphaTauri welcomed Yuki Tsunoda into the team as Gasly's new team-mate, marking the realisation of Honda's long-held wish to bring a Japanese driver into Formula 1.

But Tsunoda is no charity case. After only arriving in Europe as a teenager, his sublime form in F3 and F2 justified a swift promotion to Formula 1, but he struggled to show his class from his junior days. Given another chance for 2022, he himself admitted that came as something of a surprise to him.

Gasly continued his resurgent form too, brilliantly proving after his demotion that speed can still be found. He broke the 100-point barrier in a season for the first time, while adding another podium finish to his tally in Azerbaijan.

This eventually saw him snapped up by Alpine for the 2023 season when Fernando Alonso moved to Aston Martin, with Alpine paying Red Bull compensation for his services.

Nyck de Vries was brought in for Gasly, but the Dutchman struggled to adapt to Formula 1 after impressing on a stand-in performance for Williams in 2022, meaning he was ruthlessly dropped after half a season.

This led to a return to the team for Daniel Ricciardo, a decade after his last drive for the Faenza-based outfit, but two races later at Zandvoort, a practice crash saw him break his hand and Liam Lawson was handed his Formula 1 debut.

Ricciardo was soon confirmed to partner Tsunoda once again for the full 2024 season though, with the team sporting a Toro Rosso-esque colour scheme and much closer technical ties to Red Bull - with the 'senior' team giving them as many parts as the regulations allow for 2024 in the hope it would improve their on-track performance.