Red Bull unveiled their car RB16B for the 2021 season of Formula 1 and it thrills Max Verstappen to drive his new car in the Bahrain Grand Prix 2021.
Red Bull is hoping to break the winning strike of Mercedes and will be their first win after 2013. The Austrian constructor ranked second on the podium in the 2020 season with 319 points.
About the new car of Red Bull for 2021?
The Red Bull RB16B is the successor to the last year’s car RB16. This new car does not have any major changes, but slight changes are brought to improve the performance. Red Bull drivers reported that the previous car was unpredictable and problematic to drive. Therefore, they worked on steadiness and drivability.
As we know Sergio Perez joined red Bull for 2021, the name of Perez’s main sponsor Telcel is also added to the livery for the 2021 car. The Mexican got his first win in the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020 with Racing Point. He was the first Mexican to win the Grand Prix since Pedro Rodriguez, who won the Belgian Grand Prix in the 1970 series.
This will be the last collaboration between the Austrian constructor and Honda. As it already public that Red Bull will take over the Japanese manufacturer’s technology for power units in 2022. Subsequently, the announcement of an early engine freeze will be the icing on the cake for the Austrian Team. Therefore, they will be able to use this power unit technology until 2024.
Is this the car Max Verstappen was looking for?
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko made it public that Verstappen was under a performance clause with the team. According to the clause, The F1 team needs to provide the Dutch driver with a winning car. If they cannot do so, the driver can quit the team.
Marko said, “Yes, there is a performance clause. I don’t want to go into details, but it more or less says that Max can compete for race wins and the world championship on his own merits. If he can do that, his contract is extended. If not, he would be free.”
Verstappen’s contract will expire at the end of the 2022 season. However, there are speculations that the 23-year-old driver may leave the team if he could not be the world champion in 2021.
Christian Horner, the Team Principal of the Austrian Team, reported in a recent interview that the driver believes in their hard work and the steps they are taking. Hence, he will not quit the team so soon.
Christian Horner said, “Max believes in the project and sees the investment Red Bull is making. He believes in the people within the team. So I am confident we won’t need to refer to any contractual clauses.
The Dutch driver also tweeted about his thoughts after the unveiling of the RB16B. He said that the car looks like the previous year’s car. However, it is different and stronger and it can take down the other cars on the grid.
Mad Max tested the car RB16B with his new teammate Perez at Silverstone.
What can we expect from Max Verstappen and Red Bull in 2021 Formula 1?
We can expect that RB16B is the car that Verstappen was looking for since he joined the team. This new car will defeat the defending champion constructor Mercedes.
The Mexican driver who is hungry for victory might get his second win in the 2021 season. He replaced Alex Albon for 2021, and Albon will continue working with the team as the test and reserve driver. The Thai driver reported he wishes to make a comeback to the grid in the 2022 season. Even if he needs to drive for Red Bull’s sister team, AlphaTauri.
So, with all these preparations and strategies by Red Bull, we can expect them to take the throne of Formula 1 in 2021. The new season will begin with Bahrain Grand Prix on 28 March 2021.
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