Tech insight: What's behind new Red Bull nose

Carrie Guzman
February 14, 2020

Red Bull's 2019-spec RB15 was a vehicle that got progressively better throughout the season, leading to Verstappen taking a comfortable win at the Brazilian Grand Prix - but only once both titles had already been sewn up by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, a scenario Verstappen isn't keen to repeat in 2020.

Christian Horner described the marriage of Honda's 2020 engine with Red Bull's new RB16 chassis as a "work of art" after Max Verstappen completed a successful first outing with their latest vehicle. "It's always exciting at the beginning of a new year to see the vehicle hit the track for the first time".

Verstappen was the driver charged with taking the RB16 around the Silverstone track, with Albon waiting for his turn next week in Barcelona.

Verstappen continues: "The target for the whole team is that we want to fight for the Championships and do better than a year ago and be there from the first race onwards, and already that is where you have to start to perform and I think we are in a good way. Obviously, it's a filming day but it's still exciting - and I'm really looking forward to driving the auto once winter testing begins", he concluded.

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We will add that at the end of last season Red bull took third place in the Constructors ' championship, behind Mercedes and Ferrari. Once you fire up, it's the normal procedure of how you go out, but it's always interesting to feel the new vehicle, the new engine.

"So the prospect of 22 races is really exciting and it is going to be a long hard tough season but hopefully we can put a really strong challenge together this year".

Teammate Alex Albon will have to wait until Barcelona to get his first taste of the RB16, but he too was enthusiastic based on what Verstappen was saying.

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