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Red Bull Boss Christian Horner Reveals the Name for the 2022 Challenger

Red Bull boss Christian Horner talks about the data of pros and cons from the 2021 season-opener race at Bahrain.

Red Bull’s new RB16B showcased excellent performance in the pre-season testing at Bahrain. But team principal Christian Horner mentioned the team’s upcoming projects and also revealed the name of the 2022 car.

The Austrian team is tied up with the formation of their power-unit sector, the Red Bull Powertrains Ltd, and also the development of new fuel for the next season. But they also started working with the car for the next season and, thus the Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey divided his team to focus on both the present RB16B and the upcoming RB18.

Red Bull's new car RB16B for the 2021 Formula One.

Red Bull’s new car RB16B for the 2021 Formula One.

Horner reported on Red Bull’s official site, ” Adrian Newey and the Team are splitting their time across both cars, the RB16B and the RB18, which is new for 2022.”

What can we expect from Red Bull’s 2022 challenger-RB18?

The present car RB16B of the Milton Keynes-based team is the successor of RB16, which had issues with stability. Therefore, the main focus for the 2021 challenger was to improve stability and handling. Thus ignored the look, which is similar to last year’s F1 ride.

Max Verstappen finished first in the 2021 Bahrain pre-season test with new RB16B.

Max Verstappen finished first in the 2021 Bahrain pre-season test with the new RB16B. (Photo by MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images)

Max Verstappen was excellent in the Bahrain test and mentioned his satisfaction with the new Austrian machinery. The Austrian constructor also worked really hard to provide Max with a title-winning car because of a performance clause between both parties.

However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner reported they already have the most parts for their next car, and will be focusing on the fuel system. But the major factor that will affect the development of RB18 is the rules and regulations for the 2022 season, which includes the implementation of a new cost cap. Big constructors like Red Bull are well known for spending a lot on their cars, but a restricted budget is a “balancing game” for them.

Christian Horner mentions the new budget cap will affect the development of the 2022 car.

Christian Horner mentions the new budget cap will affect the development of the 2022 car., (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Horner talked about the cost cap, So it is very much a juggling act and, because the 2022 rules are effectively a blank sheet of paper – there is no carry-over and we have limited resources that we can apply to it due to the new cost cap, so it is a bit of a balancing game.

We will again see the new RB16B on Sunday, March 28, in the first race of the 2021 season at the Bahrain circuit and can expect the Austrian machinery to showcase the excellent performance again.

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