For the first time since Daniel Ricciardo left at the end of the 2018 season, Red Bull also has arguably the strongest rider line-up.
The RB16B features changes for the new 2021 regulations and the new Honda PU.
Red Bull unveiled the RB16B which is its 2021 challenger with the new Honda power unit in the last year of the Japanese automotive major’s association with F1. Interestingly, Red Bull, unlike the other teams, Red Bull chose not to build a new car completely for the 2021 season, but builds on the development it had made for the 2020 car, adapting the car to the new guidelines for the 2021 season that reduce downforce. Red Bull Christian Horner estimates that around 60% of the 2020 car has been carried over with the floor cut to reduce downforce by 10%. Much of Red Bull’s success hinges on the new Honda power unit striving to be on par or better than the Mercedes for the first time in the hybrid era of sports.
“I wouldn’t say the [problems] were exclusive to aero. These things always work in tandem. But I think we’ve made good progress until 2020 and we’ll see if RB16B has its challenges with regulatory changes, but it’s obviously the same for all teams. I hope that with a lot of good lessons that we learned last year, we will succeed in applying them in the updated car, ”said Christian Horner at the launch of the new car.
For the first time since Daniel Ricciardo left at the end of the 2018 season, Red Bull also has arguably the strongest rider on the grid with the addition of Mexican stellar Sergio Perez who will partner Max Verstappen who is. Red Bull prodigy and is tipped to be a future world champion if he manages to be in the right car.
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