Red Bull have unveiled their new RB16b ahead of the 2021 Formula One season which kicks off in late March.
Instead of opting for a full team launch like other teams across the F1 paddock, Red Bull instead opted to tweet a video of their new car, which they have named as RB16b due to the carry over of several components on the 2020 car.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 23, 2021
The RB16b also carries over Red Bull’s iconic livery scheme and will mark a rare occasion in which the team has failed to produce a testing livery, which has become commonplace in the last decade from Red Bull.
Changes however have been made to the floorboard in line with new aerodynamic regulations, whilst development tokens have been spent on developing the front nosecone and making the airbox narrower than the original RB16.
Max Verstappen will again be at the wheel of the car but will be joined by a third teammate in three seasons, following Sergio Perez’s move from Racing Point (now Aston Martin) to replace Alex Albon, who has been demoted to Reserve Driver after a poor 2020 season.
Speaking last month on his switch to Red Bull, Perez admitted that he feels ready for this step up to a top team after seven seasons at a midfield constructor, saying: “I have to go onto the next step in all aspects and I think I’m ready for it. The only thing I was lacking was the opportunity. Now I have it, it’s up to me to make it work. I’m going to make sure I overdeliver.”
The Mexican was also optimistic on his title chances, as he said: “If we have a car that can win the championship, I’ll make sure we win it. And if not, and we only have a car that’s good enough for third I will make sure that we finish second.”
Red Bull will join their nine fellow F1 teams in Sakhir, Bahrain, from 12-14 March for a three-day pre-season test, with the season then commencing on 26 March at the same venue following Australia’s postponement until mid November.