Red Bull has launched the car and hopes to bring the fight to Mercedes in this year’s Formula One world championship.
The RB16B, based on last year’s RB16, was unveiled in an online launch ahead of their debut on Wednesday’s filming day.
The car carries the hopes of 10-time race winners Max Verstappen and new employer Sergio Perez, who will replace Alex Albon at the team this season.
This is the last Red Bull powered by an Honda bad engine before the Japanese manufacturer withdrew from the sport at the end of the year, although the team has reached a contract to continue use of Honda power unit technology under the Red Bull name beyond 2021.
Last year’s RB16 won two races in Verstappen’s hands, marking the end of the season in Abu Dhabi, but tended to be unstable in early corners in the year.
Red Bull hopes the RB16B will eliminate the negative aspects of last year’s car while maintaining as much performance as possible under the latest FIA aerodynamics rule changes, aimed at force reduction.
Once the two drivers have driven the car on Wednesday they will be prepared for the three – day pre – season test to be held in Bahrain from March 12-14.
The first race of the season is scheduled in Bahrain on March 28th.