‘Seems to Be Going to Plan’ – Albon Reveals Positive News for Red Bull Fans Following RB16B Trial at Silverstone

Published 02/28/2021, 5:30 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit on February 12, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


It was a mixed season of sorts for Red Bull Racing in the 2020 F1 season. While they were comfortably upfront in second place, they just did not have the pace and handling to beat Mercedes to the punch.

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But updates back in the 2020 Abu Dhabi GP saw the Austrian-licensed outfit put up a strong performance. Building on that, test and reserve Alex Albon believes they have ironed out quite a few issues out in their 2021-spec RB16B car.

He said, “RB16B has kind of been my winter project a little bit, doing a lot of stuff with the sim. Of course last year’s car had its difficulties and [my job was] just kind of ironing them out, making sure we can hit the ground running this year.”

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All the hard work on the new Red Bull car is already paying off, stated Albon

“It’s been nice to see it translate, and I know that a lot of the stuff we’ve done has already made it onto the car before it’s even been driven, so it’s just showing that all the hard work is paying off.”

Albon himself knows the difficulties faced in navigating the RB16 to perfection, with him off Verstappen’s qualifying pace by almost half-a-second at times. However, the Thai driver is optimistic that the developments on the new car are going as per plan.

“When you’re driving the new car… a lot of it is going back in time a little bit and trying to find the key areas we needed to improve on last year’s car… That’s something we did with this year’s car and it all seems to be going to plan,” concluded Albon.

Both Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen recently trialed the RB16B at Silverstone

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As part of the team’s filming day, the 2021 driver pairing got down to Silverstone Circuit and tried their hand at the new car. Following a test ride on the older-spec RB15, they got down to racing the RB16B, and after the test, Perez revealed that he felt the car had ‘potential’.

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)

Red Bull’s desire to win the Constructors’ title has been a long-standing one, and they could well strongly pursue it this year. While Mercedes would ideally start favorites, one can expect the Milton Keynes-based outfit to put up a strong challenge, and keep the notion of a title race going.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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