Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he thinks the team’s new RB16 is a ‘work of art’ after seeing the new package on track at Silverstone.
Unlike most of the teams with studio or stage reveals of their cars, Red Bull opted for a track shakedown of their RB16 as their launch event. Heading to a brisk Silverstone on Wednesday morning, Max Verstappen took the car around for a trouble-free shakedown and completed 100 kilometres of filming as the team made use of one of their two permitted filming days for the year.
After seeing the car on track, team boss Christian Horner said he was thrilled with how the day had gone and the team are ready to head to testing.
“It’s fantastic to see the RB16 on track for the first time, in cold weather at Silverstone but it’s the start of a new season, it’s always exciting at the beginning of the new year to see the car hit the track for the first time.” said Horner.
Unlike last season, Red Bull are heading into a year without any changes on the power unit side or driver side. Alex Albon has retained his seat after being swapped into the second cockpit halfway through last season, while the Honda relationship has proven beneficial so far as the team took three wins.
Off the back of that, Horner says the relationship between Red Bull and Honda is only getting better. Adrian Newey’s aggressive packaging at the rear of the new car has already caught the eye, and Horner said he’s been impressed by how well the new car has been integrated with the power unit from Honda: “We had a great season with Honda; the partnership has only got stronger and stronger. It’s been a really positive winter; the effort has been truly impressive, further steps have been made on the power unit front and on the chassis side and the integration of the power unit fully into the car now. It’s really a work of art. The prospect of 22 races is truly exciting; it’s gonna be a long, hard, tough season.”
“Today it’s a filming day, but it gives us a limited amount of time to have a little look at the car, for the driver to make sure it fits properly before arriving at the first test in Barcelona. With only 6 days of testing pre-season it’s vital that both drivers get as much of it as they possibly can, so listening to each other’s debriefs, watching the data, following the progress of the car even when they’re not in it’s vitally important.” Horner continued.
Red Bull launched their RB16 on Wednesday, with a shakedown run at Silverstone.Here's a video of how their day went, with interviews with Alex Albon, Max Verstappen and Christian Horner!
Posted by FormulaSpy on Thursday, February 13, 2020