The 100 Club

Max Verstappen's charge from 16th on the grid to third at the flag was our 136th podium finish but, more significantly for anyone who likes a nice, round number, it made the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix the 100th race from which Red Bull Racing has returned home with a trophy.

We're fifth on the all-time list, which isn't bad considering the team is beginning its 15th season and the four teams ahead – Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus – have got a little bit more history.

Every one of those races is special – but some podiums are a bit more special than others. Here's a list of ten that were, in some way, memorable.

2006 Monaco Grand Prix. David Coulthard 3rd
You always remember your first. We'd scored points in 13 of our first 25 races but never finished on the podium until David Coulthard inherited third place in the closing laps of the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix after Jarno Trulli's Toyota had a hydraulic problem. DC was the guy you wanted in that situation: the definition of a safe pair of hands with two Monaco victories in his locker. He bought the car home and wore a Superman outfit on the podium. Because we were being sponsored that weekend by the Superman Returns movie, not 'cos, y'know...

2007 European Grand Prix. Mark Webber 3rd
The 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring was horrendously difficult. Heavy rain at the start, a red flag, dry conditions (if you don't like the weather in the Eifel, wait ten minutes and try something else) and then a rain-drenched finale in which Aussie Grit displayed Aussie grip when going toe-to-toe with Alex Wurz's Williams, staying ahead to clinch our second podium.

2008 Canadian Grand Prix. David Coulthard 3rd
DC's 62nd and final podium, 15 seasons after his first. Usual chaotic Canadian Grand Prix: track breaking up in the heat, car on fire, safety car, pitlane pile-up and David sailing serenely through to bag our third podium – but only just as the car ran out of fuel and had to be pushed into parc ferme. You could do that back then.

2009 Chinese Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber 1-2
The race that marks the great divide in Red Bull Racing history. First pole, first victory, first one-two finish. Another wet Chinese Grand Prix to bring out the best in F1, and while Seb did the business in unruffled style, Mark Webber had a titanic scrap with Jenson Button to secure second. In the garage it was rather more dramatic than it may have appeared, after a tough weekend for reliability and fingers definitely crossed that the cars held together to the flag.

2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel 1st
Not the most dramatic season finale of all time (take it away Felipe and Lewis) and maybe not even the most dramatic one we've been involved in but nevertheless a thriller. Four drivers went to Yas Marina with a chance of emerging World Champion. Seb's chance wasn't particularly strong. He hadn't led the title race all season – but a faultless drive from pole saw him top of the table on the only day that mattered.

2011 Chinese Grand Prix. Mark Webber 3rd
Electrical problems left Mark 18th on the grid in China when our distinctly untrustworthy 2011-spec KERS developed another gremlin. It worked OK in the race when Mark opted to run a reverse three-stop strategy and scythed through the field to finish third. It's still the furthest back a podium finisher has come from in China.

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012. Sebastian Vettel 3rd
Vettel had qualified third but, running low on fuel failed to return to the pits and was duly excluded from qualifying for being unable to provide a sufficient fuel sample. He started from the pitlane. It wasn't a smooth run to third but a battling one that saw him bumping wheels and losing bodywork as he muscled his way past rivals. Context is important: with two races to follow, battling back through the field enabled Vettel to stay ahead of Fernando Alonso as the title race went to the wire, with Vettel taking the trophy by three points.

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel & Mark Webber 1-2
The 15th and final 1-2 finish for Seb and Mark, saw Seb set a new record of nine consecutive F1 victories and Mark sign-off his Formula One Career with his 42nd appearance on the podium. Mark took off his lid for his slowdown lap and definitely stole the show.

2015 Hungarian Grand Prix. Daniil Kvyat & Daniel Ricciardo 2-3
Not our best result in Hungary but worthy of inclusion for sheer obstinacy. The RB11 didn't have the best start to the year but by mid-season was starting to come right. While it still lacked horsepower, the team had figured out a chassis setup that made it a potent force on slower tracks – and they don't come much slower than Hungary. It was a tough, wheel-banging race in which Dan and Dany both worked their socks off to get our best result of the season.

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen 1-2
The battle between Max and Daniel for third in China was pretty close but not quite the wheel-to-wheel stuff we saw last year in Malaysia as they tussled for what ultimately turned out to be victory. Then, as now, the boys played nice – or at least nice enough. It was great to watch for fans, not so comfortable in the garage, which probably explains why the celebration in the pitlane was so joyous after our first 1-2 finish in three years.