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Why 8 November 2005 Was the Day Red Bull Became Major Players

This time just eight short years ago something happened that would change the fortunes of a team forever. On 8 November 2005 a design genius by the name of Adrian Newey left then-employers McLaren for a new challenge, to transform the fortunes of Red Bull Racing. At the time, Red Bull had recently completed their first season in F1, finishing a lowly 7th in the constructors’ standings behind BAR Honda with David Coulthard scoring the majority of the team’s points. Although it seems a poor return, it was hardly a surprise. Dietrich Mateschitz’s energy drinks company had little time to evolve the dog of a car that they had inherited from Jaguar Racing after buying out the team from owners Ford. But all that was about to chan...

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