Red Bull Reveals 2023 F1 Car
In its bid for a second consecutive Formula 1 world championship, Red Bull Racing has offered a sneak peek of its RB19.
Before the start of the season, Red Bull was cautious in its approach, holding a launch event in New York with a show car and conducting a shakedown at Silverstone, but refrained from revealing a complete view of the RB19.
Prior to the start of testing on Thursday, the RB19 was publicly displayed for the first time during pre-session promotional shoots, before taking to the track later that morning.
On the first day of the sole pre-season test session at Sakhir, reigning world champion Max Verstappen is scheduled to drive the RB19 for the entirety of Thursday’s session.
After a dominant season in the previous year, where Red Bull clinched both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship with multiple rounds remaining, the team enters the 2023 season.
Max Verstappen will continue to be partnered by Sergio Perez, who is embarking on his third season with the Milton Keynes-based team.
Red Bull has welcomed back a familiar face, as Daniel Ricciardo returns to the team in the role of a third driver, undertaking marketing responsibilities for his former squad.
According to our technical consultant, Kent, the RB19 employs a suspension philosophy similar to that of 2022, featuring a pullrod front with substantial stagger on the inboard pick-ups of the top wishbone, as well as a pushrod rear.
In reference to the floor, he remarked that, “This is the first vehicle where we can examine the intricacies along the floor’s perimeter, and there are a plethora of them. This region is critical due to the regulations that have heightened this section of the floor.”
On Thursday morning, just prior to the start of the testing session, the RB19 was unveiled in the Sakhir pitlane. The car featured a striking undercut tunnel on its sidepods.
In early February, Red Bull held a launch event in New York to reveal its livery and announce its partnership with Ford until 2026. However, the car that was displayed on that day was not expected to resemble the actual version that would undergo testing. Red Bull remained extremely secretive, releasing only unclear and distant footage from its shakedown at Silverstone until the final moments before testing.
In contrast to some of its competitors, such as Mercedes, who released publicity images from their shakedown events, Red Bull only shared a brief video clip on social media, providing an unclear view of the car. Team principal Christian Horner acknowledged that the RB19 used in testing would differ from the one showcased at the launch. This added to the intrigue and secrecy surrounding the car, until it finally made its debut on the first morning of testing.
The reigning world champion, Max Verstappen, will drive the RB19 for the entirety of the first day of testing, before sharing driving responsibilities with his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez, on Friday. Perez will then conclude the test by driving the car for a full day on Saturday.
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