There is a saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, Red Bull seems to be designing its F1 car liveries according to that. The RB16 is the team’s 2021 contender and while we’re sure there are significant aerodynamic developments in the design, there’s no change in the aesthetics.
The RB16 will feature the last power unit from Honda as an official engine supplier in F1. Red Bull enjoyed some podiums and wins with this partnership but the Japanese carmaker had announced its withdrawal from the sport after the 2021 season. A few days before the unveiling, the FIA announced a Formula One power unit development freeze from the start of 2022. This allows Red Bull to use Honda’s F1 technology till 2025 for both their teams (Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri). A new company by the name of Red Bull Powertrains Limited has been formed to develop its F1 engines during the development freeze period.
The biggest change for the Red Bull team in the 2021 season is their second driver: Sergio Perez. He has the experience and aggression to not only deliver consistently good results but also push/support Max Verstappen as they take the fight to Mercedes. The RB16 will likely stick to the strengths of the RB15 by being quicker at tracks with flowing corners. We know that Max will grab this bull by the horns and make it do what he wants it to do, but it’ll be exciting to see how Checo gets up to speed with his first-ever racing bull.
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