Red Bull have launched their 2021 Formula 1 car – the RB16B.
Red Bull have unveiled their 2021 F1 machinery. The RB16B was revealed online on Tuesday morning. The RB16B is Red Bull’s third and final car with a Honda-badged engine. The Japanese manufacturer announced their intention to leave the sport last October, while last week Red Bull announced their plan to continue using Honda’s F1 power unit technology from 2022 onwards, under a new company named Red Bull Powertrains Limited.
Red Bull took an unchallenged second place in the 2020 Constructors’ Championship. They were not close enough to Mercedes to challenge for the title – though they were closer on qualifying pace than they had been in previous seasons – yet no team behind was close enough to take the second spot from them. The team claimed two wins over the 2020 season, both with Max Verstappen. The Dutchman also took the only non-Mercedes powered pole at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Alex Albon’s tenure at Red Bull was under the spotlight for most of the season – not least with former Red Bull champion Sebastian Vettel’s services available, Nico Hulkenberg’s super-sub outings and Pierre Gasly’s stunning performances at the junior team.
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Ultimately, Albon – who this week vowed to make an F1 comeback in 2022 – has been replaced for the 2021 season by former Racing Point driver Sergio Perez. Perez was one of the stars of the midfield in 2020 and took his maiden victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix. Perez scored points in all but four races last year – two which he missed due to contracting coronavirus and two in which he suffered engine failures. It is this consistency which Red Bull hope will bring them a more solid championship challenge in 2021.
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After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.