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F1 rival gives important update on Ricciardo replacement rumours
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F1 rival gives important update on Ricciardo replacement rumours

  • April 15, 2024 21:57
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Continuing from where AlphaTauri left off, Visa Cash App RB remains the proving ground for Red Bull talent in Formula 1, with current drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda hoping to impress Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko at the parent team.

From the team's history as Minardi, Scuderia Toro Rosso, and AlphaTauri, here is the story of Visa Cash App RB.

Minardi 1985-2005

The minnows of the grid, Minardi, had humble origins in Italy. Making its debut in 1985 with a single-car entry driven by Pierluigi Martini and expanding to a two-car outfit in 1986, the team would finish only nine races before the beginning of 1988 with a best result of eighth.

Martini would score the first point for Minardi in Detroit in 1988, with further points finishes coming at the British, Portuguese, and Australian Grand Prix the following year. Luis Perez-Sala also scored in Britain for the team's first double-points finish.

In 1990, the team would start on the front row of the grid for a grand prix for the first and only time, thanks to Martini's qualifying efforts at Pheonix. A year later, two fourth-place finishes for Martini would provide Minardi with its best ever results, matched only by Christian Fittipaldi in 1993.

When financial troubles hit, the team merged with BMS Scuderia Italia to survive, with Martini once again providing points for the team.

Backing from Fondmetal assisted the team towards the end of the century, with the team remaining at the back. At the 1999 European Grand Prix, Marc Gene would score Minardi's first point since 1995 in a race famous for the team's other driver, Luca Badoer, breaking down from fourth in the closing stages and bursting into tears at the side of his stricken car.

The team gave Fernando Alonso his breakthrough in F1 in 2001, with Mark Webber getting his chance the following year. The Australian scored points on his debut at his home race.

Zsolt Baumgartner would score his only point at the US Grand Prix in 2004, while Minardi's final points-scoring race would see both Patrick Friesacher and Christijan Albers finish in the points, albeit at the infamous six-car race at Indianapolis in 2005.

Scuderia Toro Rosso 2006-2019

Becoming the 'junior project' for Red Bull Racing, which had joined F1 in place of Jaguar in 2005, Toro Rosso scored a point in its first season after taking over from Minardi courtesy of Vitantonio Liuzzi. The team remained at its Faenza home, with the spirit of Minardi living on.

Unfortunately, the luck of Minardi continued too, until mid-2007, that is. The arrival of a young Sebastian Vettel breathed life into the team, with a fourth-place finish in China boosted by Liuzzi's sixth.

In 2008, the unthinkable would happen. At the Italian Grand Prix, Vettel qualified on pole before putting in a commanding performance in difficult conditions to take his and the team's first victory.

Ever since, the team has continued to churn talent, with names such as Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, and Max Verstappen all proving their talents at Toro Rosso.

With Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, the team established itself as regular point scorers, while Verstappen secured a couple of fourth place finishes to show off his potential.

Only one more podium would come under the Toro Rosso guise, with Daniil Kvyat taking advantage of changing conditions at the 2019 German Grand Prix. At the end of the season, Red Bull would rebrand the team as Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Scuderia AlphaTauri 2020-2023

The team that shares a name with a fashion brand, Gasly and Kvyat, scored consistent points in the first season in the navy and white car.

The Frenchman took a stunning victory at Monza to complete his own journey of redemption after being dropped from Red Bull in 2019.

The team challenged Ferrari for a top-six spot in the constructors' championship but didn't quite have the point-scoring ability of the fellow Italian outfit.

With Kvyat stepping aside for Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda in 2021, the future looked bright for the team and Red Bull when he scored on his debut in Bahrain.

But while Tsunoda struggled for the rest of the season, with incidents marring any speed he could find, Gasly was again one of the standout performers on the grid.

The Frenchman finished ninth in the drivers' standings and was regularly threatening the top eight despite a gulf in car performance.

Moving into the 2022 season, the team finished in ninth place with a total of 35 points. Gasly ranked 14th in the drivers' standings with 23 points, while Tsunoda finished 17th with 12 points.

In 2023, the team underwent some changes in the lineup. Nyck de Vries replaced Gasly, but due to a series of poor performances, the Dutch was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo mid-season.

However, just two races after joining the team, Ricciardo broke his hands during the free practice session in the Netherlands and was temporarily replaced by Liam Lawson.

He missed Italy, Singapore, Japan, and Qatar, but eventually returned for the United States Grand Prix and reclaimed his seat for the remainder of the season.

The team managed to improve their position by one place in the constructors' championship, finishing eighth with a total of 25 points. Tsunoda ranked 14th in the drivers' standings with 17 points, while Ricciardo finished in 17th place with just 6 points.

Visa Cash App RB 2024-

From the 2024 season onwards, Red Bull's sister team will race under the name of Visa Cash App RB, abandoning its Scuderia AlphaTauri identity.