Red Bull boss Christian Horner revealed how Red Bull stepped in to sign a young but supremely talented Max Verstappen ahead of Mercedes.
It came down to a battle of two uncompromising Austrians, Helmut Marko and Niki Lauda after the "karting jungle drums" had been beating about Verstappen's potential.
Of course, Red Bull won the day, giving the Dutchman his F1 debut with their 'sister' team, Toro Rosso, in the Australian Grand Prix less than six months after his 17th birthday.
Only 14 months later, Verstappen was promoted to the senior Red Bull squad and remarkably won on his debut for them at the Spanish Grand Prix to become Formula 1's youngest driver to lead a lap, finish on the podium, and notch a first victory all on the same day.
Now, of course, the 23-year-old leads the Drivers' World Championship standings – which shows why there was such an intense struggle for his signature back in 2014, as Horner recalled.
"I first became aware of Max after hearing his name through the karting jungle drums and through contacts who I communicated with," said Horner, quoted by The Sun.
"But it was only when he got into Formula 3 that suddenly his talent really started to stand out.
"It was at Silverstone and his first race. Here was a guy who had done no junior racing at all and had jumped straight into Formula 3, which was considered a big step up in those days, and suddenly he is running at the front and winning races.
"He was also doing it in a car that didn't belong to a traditional front-running team. So it became obvious he was a potential star of the future, and it was at that point Red Bull's advisor, Helmut Marko, really started to pay closer attention to what he was doing.
"Once I knew that, I said 'sure, let's go for it, it's something Mercedes chim offer him'.
"Niki was pushing hard, and it was a bit of Austrian pride between Niki and Helmut who was going to get him! The advantage we had was the cockpit we had available at Toro Rosso and taking that risk.
"So we agreed on the deal, and the moment he first got in the car later that year to drive in first practice at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, he was sensational."