Here’s Whats Changed on the 2021 Red Bull F1 Car Compared To Last Year’s RB16

Published 02/23/2021, 7:52 AM EST
SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Red Bull has just dropped their new car, the RB16B for the 2021 season. There aren’t many changes made to the new one and are highly influenced by its predecessor, the RB16.

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Just like the rest of the grid, the Milton-Keynes outfit had to bring over parts from last season’s car and use them for the new one. However, the new car does a few changes, some that could have been missed during the launch.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 01: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 1, 2018 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull makes some subtle changes to next season’s challenger

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In the video that was released by the team, certain detailed changes could be identified in the 2021 car. The front brake ventilation was developed, and the side box would have five instead of four air deflectors one behind the other. Hence. this creates air vortices that influence the flow of the car.

The Red Bull’s logo was also changed; it seems that the “R” and the “B” are a bit different. There is also some work done to the upper red stripe, this may be done so that the engineers could tidy up the side box.

The side slots in the bottom are no longer available, the aerodynamicist position baffle in front of the rear wheel. The car’s underbody sharply tapers from to the back. The winglets at the rear brake ventilation are cut by four centimeters, whereas the diffusers are cut by five centimeters.

The Milton-Keynes outfit will have high hopes for 2021

Red Bull finished second in the constructor’s title, behind rivals, Mercedes. The team has gone for the talented driver in the form of Sergio Perez and hopes to contend for the title in 2021.

Red Bull would count on Max Verstappen & Perez to score points, get podiums, and win races for 2021. The duo is a pair of remarkable drivers and will take the battle to the top teams on the grid in the new season.

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

All in all, Red Bull seem to be in a good position for the upcoming season. Up until now, they had been the team that trailed behind Mercedes, never able to overtake them in the Championship.

Do you think Max and Perez make the most out of the RB16B in 2021 and finally topple Mercedes’ domination?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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