“No Six Wheels, No Fan in the Rear”: Red Bull Responds to 2021 F1 Car Conspiracy Theories

Published 03/01/2021, 12:27 AM EST
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk on the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


In the past few F1 seasons, Mercedes has always enjoyed flying starts, which meant that any amount of pressure from the rivals over the latter part of the seasons had zero effect on the results. This was pretty evident last season, with Red Bull coming to life over the season’s second half.

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But despite giving Mercedes a hard time through the race weekends in the desert, the Austrian outfit were a bit too late on the charge. Hence, to prevent the late charge from repeating, Red Bull’s advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, revealed that the team is aiming to establish their dominion from the very first race.

He also had a say on the RB16-B sandbagging, where he reckoned that the team’s recently developed 2020 F1 car is not hiding any mysterious elements within it.

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What did Marko say?

As reported by F1-Insider, the Austrian revealed Red Bull’s goal over the approaching F1 season. “The car is a consistent further development of last year’s model,” he said.

The goal is to be able to compete for victories right from the start. At the first tests in Bahrain, we will run all the parts on the car that will also be used at the season debut.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen passes the chequered flag to win the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Unlike the past few years, Red Bull finally has a line-up that portrays two drivers in their primes; Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

While the Dutchman has been the lone warrior in each of Red Bull’s past few seasons, he’s not alone this time around. The former Racing Point driver is coming from a strong 2020 season that had a P2 finish and a race win as well.

Hence, it looks like the Honda-powered team could actually turn up the heat in the championship battle this time around.

Marko jokes about the 2021 Red Bull F1 car

The Red Bull advisor had a gig while speaking about the potential surprise elements inside the RB16-B. “Time was a bit tight to do photoshoots,” he said.

Driving was more important to us than taking photos. We have nothing mysterious at the car. No six wheels, no fan in the rear either.”

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Overall, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Mercedes is feeling the heat from its rivals, Red Bull. With the absence of DAS from Mercedes’ 2021 car, they could well be taking a step back in terms of performance.

Hence, the question is, can Red Bull capitalize on the Silver Arrows’ fallback and secure their first constructor’s title since 2013? Well, let’s see what the future holds.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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