However, in just ten short seasons, Red Bull Racing has managed to carve itself a unique place in the annals of Formula One, through exceptional on-track performance and also through a radically different approach to racing that has seen it redefine what the sport can mean to fans the world over.
The differences were apparent as soon as the new squad first appeared on the grid, at the 2005 Australian Grand Prix. Along with a unquenchable thirst for competition and the desire to compete at the sharp end of the very highest level of motorsport, came a parallel wish to do that while having as much fun as possible. In came the team's multi-storey Energy Station, pop-up parties, travelling DJs and a swashbuckling disregard for convention.
Also introduced to the team Red Bull had taken over were new levels of commitment, dedication and a ferocious will to be the best. In charge of this new drive for improvement was former F3000 team boss Christian Horner, the youngest team principal in the sport, but already a racer with a reputation for building success quickly, as he had done with his own Arden team in the lower categories.
For our first season of competition the team opted for a blend of youth and experience behind the wheel. David Coulthard provided the latter in spades, while the youthful brio was supplied by Austria's Christian Klien and Italian rookie Vitantonio Liuzzi, who shared the second car. The team went on to finish seventh in the Constructors' Championship.
It was a bright start but there was to be no resting on laurels and a decisive step was taken at the end of the 2005 season when the team secured the services of highly respected designer Adrian Newey to head-up our technical department. His was to prove a momentous signing.
The first hint of what was to come was revealed when David Coulthard delivered a faultless drive in the RB2 at the 2006 Monaco GP to secure third place and the team's first podium finish. It might have been a car Newey had little hand in designing but his fingerprints were all over its development and signs were beginning to emerge that the fledgling team might have potential.
That was confirmed in 2007 when the team made two more crucial signings – first in replacing its Cosworth engines with Renault power and secondly, taking on a hard-charging, no-nonsense Aussie called Mark Webber to partner Coulthard at the wheel of the Newey-penned RB3.
The team climbed to fifth in the Constructors' Championship in 2007, with the on-track highlight being Webber's third-place podium finish at the European Grand Prix. The next year brought another top-three finish, this time supplied by Coulthard in Canada; it would prove to his final visit to the podium before bowing out of F1 driving at the end of the year.
The Scot's retirement from F1 competition undoubtedly left a void but waiting in the wings was a more than ready replacement – a product of Red Bull's formidable Junior Team programme who had already reached one incredible grand prix milestone – by becoming F1's youngest winner at 2008's Italian Grand Prix with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso. In double quick time the elevation of Sebastian Vettel to the senior squad would not only spark a record-breaking winning streak for the team but would set a template for success the team is still following to this day.
A comprehensive set of rule changes for 2009 gave the team the chance to build a radically different racing car and when the RB5 proved to be a front-runner in testing, the drivers wasted little time in turning it into a race winner.
The team's first win came at the third round of the 2009 season, with Vettel leading Webber home for an historic Red Bull one-two victory. A further five wins arrived during the course of the season, including Webber's maiden grand prix victory, at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
The following year saw the team achieve the ambitions laid down five years earlier. Driving the RB6 Webber and Vettel were title contenders throughout, but after they had secured the team's first Constructors' title with a one-two finish in Brazil, Sebastian took the Drivers' Championship in Abu Dhabi with his fifth win of the season. A title double after just six seasons in the sport was a remarkable achievement.
It's often said that the mark of a true champion is not just in winning a title but also in retaining a crown, and in 2011 claimed that honour – in decisive form. Vettel claimed a staggering 11 wins and 15 pole positions on his way to a second Drivers' crown and the haul, along with Webber's Brazil win and 20 podium finishes, earned the team its second Constructors' title.
The dominance of 2011 did not continue into 2012 and by midway through the season the team was embroiled in a tight battle for both titles. Four stunning wins in the second half of the season would, however, propel Vettel up the standings and after helping the team to its third manufacturer's title at the penultimate race, at Austin's COTA, the German took a remarkable third title in a row at a thrilling season finale in Brazil.
The 2013 season began in similar fashion to its predecessor, with team's RB9 competitive but far from dominant. After the early exchanges Vettel and the team led their respective championships but with just a handful of points separating the main protagonists it was all still to play for as the season entered its traditional post-Hungarian Grand Prix summer break.
However, when hostilities resumed a few weeks later in Belgium, the game had changed. The team and Vettel stepped up, finding new reserves of pace and power, and over the course of the remaining weeks of the campaign the team embarked on an amazing run, with the German winning all nine remaining rounds of the championship to lay down a winning streak that smashed a record dating back to the earliest years of F1 itself. Vettel's and the team's fourth title came with three races in hand.
The 2014 season marked the end of another era for the team, and the continuation of the pattern begun with Vettel's promotion to the senior team. After 215 grand prix starts Mark Webber retired from F1, with his place at the team being taken by another outstanding Red Bull Junior Programme graduate, Daniel Ricciardo. It was the first time the team's line-up had entirely consisted of homegrown talent.
And just as Vettel had done before him, Ricciardo lost no time in making his mark. A career-first podium finish came at round five of the 2014 season, in Spain, but just four weeks later in Montreal Daniel went further, taking his maiden F1 win at the end of a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix. Another two victories would follow in a remarkable year for the young Australian, who made the most of another seismic shift in F1's rules, as the sport replaced normally aspirated engines with new 1.6 litre turbocharged, hybrid power units.
It was a less comfortable campaign for Vettel, however. The four-time champion struggled to find a comfort zone with the new technology and at the end of a tough season, Vettel opted to take on a new challenge and after 38 wins, 44 poles, 65 podiums in total and four world titles with Red Bull, Vettel left the team. Once again the team had to look no further than the Red Bull Junior Programme for a ready replacement. Twenty-year old Russian hotshot Danniil Kvyat had already impressed with an eye-catching maiden F1 season at our sister team Toro Rosso and with many tipping the youngster for a bright future, he was quickly installed as Ricciardo's team-mate.
Formula One's new hybrid era was, however, presenting the team with a difficult learning curve. 2015 Highlights were elusive but despite the difficulties, the team and its drivers seized opportunities wherever they could be found and delivered some stirring against-the-odds performances to return to the podium three times in 2015. The first came in Hungary, where after a tough start to his maiden season with the team, Kvyat powered through to claim second place and his career first F1 podium finish. He was joined on the rostrum by Ricciardo, who took third place. The Australian then claimed second place at the gruelling Singapore Grand Prix as the team made the most of the package at its disposal in the latter part of the season.
The team's rapid improvement in the second half of the season was good enough to secure fourth place in the Constructors' Championship – not quite the dizzy heights of the team's V8 era but a platform on which to build for the future.
That future begins in 2016. With innovative steps taken in power unit supply and development and armed with one of the grid's strongest driver pairings, the next phase of Red Bull Racing's Formula One adventure begins here.