Following a livery launch in London last week, where the team revealed a new matte black design, Red Bull has rolled out the RB12 in the Barcelona pit-lane.
Red Bull will continue to run with Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat while they will race with a new Power Unit partnership with TAG Heuer. 2015 was a difficult season for Red Bull, not enjoying any of the success of winning they have experienced over the past five years.
“Obviously the late engine decision last year was a challenge but we found a solution in time and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to recover over the winter,” Team Principal Christian Horner explained. “Therefore, we’re looking to build on the significant progress we made in the second half of 2015 and to carry the momentum into the early races of this season.”
“My hopes for this season are that we genuinely make progress from where we were last year,” he continued. “[I hope] that we get our heads down and we really develop the car well and hopefully with some performance coming on the power unit side as well that will allow us to get closer to some of our immediate rivals.”
As has been the case with other teams, 2016 has been a year of evolution rather than revolution in terms of design due to the stable regulations. “What we’ve really tried to concentrate on with this car is getting a cohesive package for all the parts – the suspension, the chassis dynamics, aerodynamics – that they all work together in harmony,” Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey explained. “I think we’ve managed to build on the lessons of last year and all the indications from our simulations suggest that this year’s chassis should be strong.”