Red Bull has added a number of riders to its pilot training program over the years, quite a few of which also made it to F1, but dropped out of there relatively quickly. So did Sebastien Buemi, Jean-Eric Vergne, Brendon Hartley, and the highly promising Antonio Felix da Costa didn’t even reach the top category after 2014, with energy drink maker planting Danyiil Kvjat, who was lagging behind in the program, into Toro Rosso.
Buemi has since become a Formula E, three-time Le Mans winner and two-time long-distance world champion, Hartley two-time Le Mans winner and two-time long-distance world champion, Vergne has been a two-time Formula E champion and da Costa has become a single Formula E champion. proved to be competitors.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says he still doesn’t mind not being retained in their F1 program.
“I think the nice thing about this is that Red Bull has given so many guys a chance, be it Jean-Eric Vergne, da Costa, Sebastien Buemi, it was great to see him win the race, he (Buemit) today also supported by Red Bull. These pilots would not have been able to do so without the support and education of Red Bull. ”
“I don’t think I should regret anything. The best always get to the top anyway. I think it might have been interesting to see what da Costa can do in a Formula 1 car, but it wasn’t possible. ”