Red Bull launch the RB18

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing talk on stage during the Red Bull Racing RB18 launch at Red Bull Racing Factory on January 26, 2022 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // SI202202090258 // Usage for editorial use only //

Oracle Red Bull Racing have revealed the car with which they will be contesting the 2022 Formula One World Championship – the RB18 – in a collaborative broadcast with many of the team’s online followers. Here is all you need to know:

  • Christian Horner, Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez joined forces with the Oracle Red Bull Racing engineering team to reveal the 2022 car to the world in a fan-first experience. Hosted from their Technology Campus in Milton Keynes and streamed by thousands of fans, this was a launch like no other.

– Max Verstappen revealed: “I’m feeling recharged and ready to get driving again, I feel good and it’s important that you prepare yourself in the best way possible physically, particularly when things are changing with the shakeup in regulations. In terms of the car, we don’t know what to fully expect so I’m excited to see how the car behaves on the track for the first time. The biggest adaptation this season will be the new regulations, we’ll need some time to get used to the car, it’s not like you just jump in and it’s an upgrade from last year. The rest is pretty straightforward, I don’t feel any extra pressure this season, I will just do what I do all the time because I don’t think there is any reason to be different. Now I just I can’t wait for that first moment when I drive out of the pitlane in the RB18.”

– Sergio Pérez said: “I am so excited to start the new season and I cannot wait to be on track with the new RB18. All of us on the grid are starting from zero this season, so it’s set to be an exciting year. Last year, we gave it our all until the very last lap and we are ready to do the same in 2022. The new regulations are said to improve the competition on track, so I hope that for us as drivers we can compete more, race more and follow each other more closely. There will be a lot of things we need to learn and adapt to but these new regulations are set to make everything very interesting. One thing I can’t wait for this season is to see more fans back at the track, Formula One is growing so much all over the world so I can’t wait to feel that atmosphere again. I hope that we can give the fans great entertainment and great racing.”

– Team Principal Christian Horner said: “With the new regulation changes this year, the whole philosophy has altered from last year, which means every single component is different to last year’s car. It’s a clean sheet of paper for every single team. By the time we get to the first race, the RB18 won’t look much like it looks today, the evolution will be very quick as we progress through the season. It is a steep learning curve for everyone and it is a race of development between the first race and the last race. We believe we have a good car for 2022, the RB18 is coming to life and seeing it today is fantastic. It has been a huge effort from the team and I am looking forward to seeing it out on the track now. We plan to build on 2021, we have number one on the car this year and now the challenge is it keep it and defend that title with Max. The excitement and hard work of 2021 really galvanised the team and it means we go into 2022 in great shape for the season ahead.

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Peter

And so the battle of wits and crashes begins: “I will just do what I do all the time because I don’t think there is any reason to be different.”
A little bit defensive isn’t he?

Peter

And Horner throwing Perez under the buss – effectively naming him as an also-ran, was cruel.

Pete

I think the car looks great, but I don’t expect much from these launches. I try to keep an eye out for the minor differences and this is the first look of an actual car so far. It’ll be interesting to see the differing suspension setups and wing differences. If any, as Horner stated, things will look different almost every week. As for the comments they made, I feel like they were spot on. Why should max change his aggressive style? And you for sure have to say your going for that title defense. Its up to Checo to get… Read more »