Red Bull Reveal When the RB16B Will Get its “First Major Update”

Published 04/02/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


For the season opener in Bahrain, it appeared that Red Bull had the better package as compared to Mercedes. However, they failed to take advantage of that fact to go one up on their rivals.

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Instead, it was the Silver Arrows who took home the win and have already opened up a 13 point gap between them and the chasing team from Austria.

But Red Bull aren’t going to give up on their title dreams already. They are set to bring in reinforcements soon. The Milton Keynes-based team’s advisor Dr. Helmut Marko revealed when the RB16B will get its first significant upgrade.

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He said (translated via Google), “The first major update will come with us at the third race in Portugal. 

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“As for us, in Imola we will more or less drive the car that started in Bahrain. There we have to put an end to the mistakes we made in Bahrain. Then we are very well positioned. “

The race in Portugal is exactly a month away. The key for Red Bull, meanwhile, would be not to lose more ground in the title fight.

There are some who have tipped Mercedes to be stronger in Imola, so it’ll be quite the challenge for the Austrian team and Max Verstappen in particular who’ll be tasked with bringing home a win at the Emilia Romagna GP.

Despite not getting a win, Marko also saw a number of positives from their race in Bahrain.

Red Bull advisor delighted with progress over the winter

Formula One F1. Bahrain Grand Prix. Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Marko said, “A year ago we would have signed the result like this. We achieved our goal of putting pressure on Mercedes right from the start. With two cars. 

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“Because Sergio Perez also delivered a great performance. Without his technical problems on the warm-up lap, he could have made it onto the podium. 

“Now we have to make sure that we get everything out of our package that we just didn’t manage in Bahrain.”

Either way, fans can be happy that a title fight finally looks like a reality. If the season opener was anything to go by, the rest of the 2021 campaign seems like a juicy prospect indeed.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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