Verstappen and Perez to Unveil 2021 Red Bull F1 Challenger Next Week

Published 02/19/2021, 9:00 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


The 2021 F1 season is barely a month away. So, teams are working vigorously in the background to prepare their most valuable asset – the car. While the likes of McLaren and AlphaTauri have officially unveiled their challenger, teams like Mercedes and Red Bull are yet to do so.

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The Silver Arrows announced sometime back that they will be introducing their W12 in the first week of March. And now Red Bull have swiftly moved to reveal the date of their car unveiling as well. According to their Twitter Account, the likes of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will take part in this exercise on February 23, 2021.

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Can Red Bull realistically compete for the 2021 F1 world title?

In 2020, they were the closest challenger to Mercedes for the World Championship, at least in theory. But in pragmatic terms, they were still way off the pace of the Silver Arrows. They could only muster two wins out of the 17 rounds in play.

However, we expect them to provide a much tougher fight at the bare minimum. Engine manufacturer, Honda is leaving the sport altogether. But it wants to go out with a bang.

MONTMELO, SPAIN: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with his father Jos Verstappen in the garage during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It is committed to providing Red Bull a power unit that is worthy of its chassis. Also, since the engine freeze would kick in after this season, it is very important for them to have a power unit that not only determines their fate in 2021 but also beyond until at least 2025.

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Then, there is also the curious case of Max Verstappen. According to Team Principal Christian Horner, he could walk out the exit door if they don’t meet the various performance clauses in his contract. To make matters worse, he may well join forces with their rivals, Mercedes.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Second place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

So, it is all to lose for them. Their backs are against the wall and they need to seriously contend for the title from the get-go. Rather than flatter to deceive, as has become a habit for them these past few seasons. It is now or never for Red Bull and they must unveil a car on the 23rd that is as fast as it is aesthetically pleasing.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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