Red Bull has unveiled the first images of its 2021 Formula 1 car, the RB16B.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit unveiled the Honda-powered challenger on Tuesday morning, becoming the fourth team to unveil their new car.
The RB16B is an evolution of the 2020 RB16, with team leader Christian Horner explaining late last year that there would be a carryover of around 60% from the 2021 challenger.
The team hope, however, that the lessons learned from last season, when drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon struggled at times to strike a delicate balance, have been taken into account and may prove to be stronger against Mercedes. He aimed to make the RB16B more consistent on different types of tracks.
Red Bull’s hopes of being able to fight harder against Mercedes will also rest on the work that engine supplier Honda has done with its new F1 engine, ahead of the Japanese manufacturer’s final season in the championship.
Horner said Red Bull was well aware of what needs to be improved, and that progress on both the chassis and the front of the engine would be beneficial.
“I wouldn’t say the [problems] were exclusive to aero, ”he said of last year’s struggles. 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 over the past year, we will succeed in applying them in the updated car.”
Red Bull is heading into 2021 with a new line-up of drivers, after Albon was demoted to the reserve and test driver position at the end of last season.
This came with Red Bull’s choice to sign Sergio Perez as Verstappen’s team-mate, following an impressive campaign the Mexican delivered for Racing Point in 2020.
Red Bull believe the addition of Perez will be vital if it is to disrupt Mercedes and prevent the German manufacturer from securing an eighth consecutive double in F1.
Honda’s final season in F1 this year will be followed by Red Bull taking over the engine project itself and running the powertrains from 2022 under its own name.
Work is already underway at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes campus to increase its powertrain facilities to prepare for this new challenge.