Ranked: from Pierre Gasly to Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen - Red Bull's 10 F1 drivers since 2005
With Alexander Albon the next Red Bull driver, a look at who has previously raced for the Austrian team and how they fared
David Coulthard (2005-2008). The Scotsman was Red Bull's big acquisition when the team was first formed. An experienced driver, with 13 wins to his name, he moved from McLaren. Scored the team's first podium when he finished third in Monaco in 2006. Also finished third in Canada in 2008 before he retired from the sport at the end of that season. 7/10. AP Photo
Christian Klien (2005-2006). Had driven for Jaguar in 2004 and stayed with the team under the Red Bull guise. Shared the car with Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2005, before driving the first 15 races of 2006. But just two points in 2006 saw him dropped with three races to spare. Would reappear three times in 2010 for Hispania Racing Team. 4/10. Getty
Vitantonio Liuzzi (2005). The Italian scored a point on his F1 and Red Bull debut at the San Marino Grand Prix in 2005 as he finished eighth. But he only drove for the team three more times. Was moved to the newly launched Toro Rosso for 2006 and would go on to drive for Force India and Hispania Racing Team during a career that ran until 2011. 5/10. Getty
Robert Doornbos (2006). Arguably the forgotten Red Bull driver. Drove in the last three races of 2006 after Klien had been jettisoned from the team. The Dutchman, who had already raced for Minardi in 2005, had a trio of uneventful outings, the 12th place in Brazil proving to be back. 3/10. Getty
Mark Webber (2007-2013). The Australian had driven for the team when it was Jaguar in 2003 and 2004, and he returned for a seven-year stint in 2007. Would win nine times in that period, as well as taking 13 poles, and was a serious title contender in 2010, missing out at the final race in Abu Dhabi to teammate Sebastian Vettel. 7/10. Getty
Sebastian Vettel (2009-2014). Red Bull's most successful driver and the one who achieved many of their biggest moments. He took the Austrian marques maiden pole position and victory in China in 2009. He became their first world champion in 2010 when he won the season finale in Abu Dhabi, and he would go on to win four successive titles for the team. Won 39 times in a Red Bull car, and in 2011 broke the record for most poles in one season with 15. Left at the end of 2014 to join Ferrari. 10/10. Getty
Daniel Ricciardo (2014-2018). Promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Webber. Made an instant impact with the team as he won three times in 2014 and remains the only driver to have outscored Vettel over a full season. Picked up seven victories in total but moved to Renault in a surprise move for 2019 after five years at Red Bull. 8/10. Getty
Daniil Kvyat (2015-2016). The Russian was moved up from Toro Rosso after just one season in F1 to fill the gap left by Vettel. Rarely convinced, with a best result of second in Hungary in 2015. Clashes with Vettel, now in a Ferrari, in China and Russia early in the 2016 season led to him being dropped by Red Bull and moved back to Toro Rosso. He was without a drive in 2017 and 2018 but rejoined Toro Rosso in 2019 and scored their first podium in 11 years in Germany in July. 4/10. Getty
Max Verstappen (2016 to now). The Dutchman made an instant impact after joining Red Bull from Toro Rosso midway through the 2016 season. Became F1's youngest ever winner at age of 18 years and 228 days when he won his first race with the team in Spain. Has become one of the biggest superstars in the sport, his win in Germany in July was his seventh. Does not turn 22 until the end of September and already looks a case of when, not if, he becomes a world champion. 9/10. Getty
Pierre Gasly (2019). Lasted only 12 races before being dropped for Albon. Had impressed at Toro Rosso in 2018, which led to his call-up to replace Ricciardo. Looked utterly devoid of confidence and unable to even get close to matching speed of Verstappen. Was a lap down to the Dutchman when he won in Austria in June. An unconvincing sixth in Hungary, again a lap down on second-placed Verstappen, was the final straw and he now returns to Toro Rosso for the final races of 2019. 3/10. Getty
Alexander Albon will become the 11th driver to compete for Red Bull Racing when he starts the Belgian Grand Prix on September 1.
The Thai driver, 23, has been promoted from Toro Rosso, Red Bull's sister team, with the struggling Pierre Gasly going the other way after a disappointing first 12 races of 2019.
Red Bull's statement on the move on Monday highlighted that Albon, who only made his F1 debut in March in Australia has the remaining nine races of the season, culminating with the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 1, to impress the team and earn a permanent drive for 2020.
Red Bull have been on the grid since 2005, having taken over the Jaguar team.
Since then they have had four drivers' championships, 61 victories (only Mercedes-GP have won more in the period) and 61 pole positions.
Here is a look at the previous drivers who have competed for Red Bull and who Albon is following in the footsteps of.
Updated: August 14, 2019 04:05 AM