Red Bull Boss Reveals the Significance of Naming Max Verstappen’s 2022 F1 Car RB18

Published 01/09/2022, 5:29 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during qualifying REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

In Formula One teams name their car to give them more character. For the 2020 season, Red Bull labeled their car as “RB16” and for the following season, they named it “RB16B”, as the chassis of the car remained the same. Hence, many would assume that for the 2022 season, the Milton Keynes-based outfit would choose the name “RB17” for the car.

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However, that won’t be the case, as the season will see them bring a whole new car, and they will be calling it “RB18”. Team Principal Christian Horner reveals why they have chosen to go with the name.

The reason Red Bull have gone with the name “RB18” for the 2022 season

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In the 2021 season, Red Bull decided to keep the same chassis that they had used in 2020. This resulted in the team keeping the car’s name “RB16B”. But, as the team gets ready for the 2022 season, they won’t label the car as “RB17” but will call it “RB18”.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Speaking of this, Horner said, “2021 with a slightly modified chassis taken over for reasons of savings was an exception. We want to go back to a number that shows how many seasons we are in Formula 1, hence the 18.” (Translated from German via Google)

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How did the Red Bull duo perform in 2021?

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The Milton Keynes-based team recruited Mexican driver Sergio Perez from Racing Point for the 2021 season to drive alongside Max Verstappen. Checo finished on the podium five times and won one race. He finished fourth in the drivers’ championship after accumulating 190 points.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 13, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez at the start of sprint qualifying REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Verstappen, on the other hand, won the world championship in the title-deciding race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With 10 wins, 10 pole positions, 18 podium finishes, and a total of 395.5 points, the 24-year-old edged out and prevented Lewis Hamilton from winning his record-breaking 8th world title.

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What are your predictions for the Horner-led team as they prepare for the 2022 season? Share your predictions for the Milton Keynes-based outfit in the comments section below.

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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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