There we have it, folks! Red Bull have unveiled their newest beast, the RB16B. The machine will be piloted by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, who will aim to dethrone Mercedes as the world champions in 2021.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit have become the fourth team to unveil their challenger for the upcoming campaign. Much like McLaren, The Austrian team has have opted to retain rather than twist their livery, sporting a car very similar-looking to last year’s.
Like most Red Bull cars of years gone by, it retains all the classic elements. The livery features the team’s tried and tested colors of red, blue, and yellow in a matte finish. The Red Bull insignia appears on the airbox, as it has done in the past.
The launch also featured both of the team’s drivers. As such, fans got their first look at new recruit Perez in Red Bull colors. They’d hope he fares much better than his predecessors and can help his teammate Max to take the battle to the Silver Arrows.
These two teams have dominated this decade of F1. However, after the Austrian team achieved early success, Mercedes took on the mantle in the V6-hybrid era and began their domination over the grid that lasts to this date.
The Brackley-based team seems poised to make it eight world titles in a row. But they face some new challenges that the team hasn’t had before.
They’ve had to negotiate the challenge of the cost cap as they are one of the teams who regularly spend a large amount of money to better their car. Moreover, they have voiced concerns over the reliability of their engine and have also had to contend with making the aero changes F1 desired to reduce the pressure on the new tires for this season.
So, there may well be a few chinks in the armor. Red Bull, on the other hand, finally seem to have two drivers who can fight it out at the front of the grid, no concerns over engine reliability, and will be bolstered by the fact that they can now make their own power units for 2022.
Will this be the season where the tide changes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.