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Red Bull launches 2021 car, RB16B, as team tries to end Mercedes’ Formula 1 title streak

Showcasing Red Bull’s latest title with hope as team release first images of RB16B, which Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will drive in 2021

Last update: 02/23/21 2:11 PM

Red Bull have revealed the first images of the car they hope to propel Max Verstappen and new recruit Sergio Perez to a 2021 title challenge as F1’s eternal challengers try to end Mercedes’ dominance.

The new car, the RB16B, offers Red Bull’s last hope of returning to the front for the first time since 2013, after finishing well behind seven-time world champion Mercedes last season.

And Red Bull is pulling out all the stops for a closer battle in 2021.

Not only have the team signed the experienced but hungry and fit Perez with star driver Verstappen, but this is Honda’s last season in F1 before handing over their engine project to Red Bull from 2022.

Honda, which has improved in recent seasons but slipped well behind a power-hungry Mercedes last year, is aiming for increased straight-line speed to help Red Bull and its usually agile car.

Red Bull launches 2021 car, RB16B, as team tries to end Mercedes’ Formula 1 title streak

The RB16B, as the name suggests, is based on the genes of Red Bull’s latest car, with the team keeping its signature slim nose and familiar rear wing design.

But with the new F1 regulations described as subtle but potentially ‘important’, Red Bull appears to have made some big changes to its new challenger – particularly the sidepods as they attempt to regain downforce and overhaul Mercedes.

The 2020 RB16, while improving over the year, was often a handful and unpredictable for riders and improving handling and consistency were therefore key goals for the team during the winter. .

Can Verstappen and Perez fight Mercedes with a new car?

Red Bull launches 2021 car, RB16B, as team tries to end Mercedes’ Formula 1 title streak

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Meet Red Bull’s last hope as the team launch their car for the 2021 Formula 1 season, the RB16B.

Meet Red Bull’s last hope as the team launch their car for the 2021 Formula 1 season, the RB16B.

The fourth team to launch their car ahead of the new season, but the first to do so with only digital images and no drivers present, Red Bull said little about the changes to the car, or hopes for the season, on Tuesday.

But they clarified that the RB16B “aims to carry the momentum of 2020 into the new season with the goal of fighting for this year’s title.”

Last season Red Bull started the year around half a second per lap on Mercedes before winning two races in the year, more impressively and encouragingly, at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi as Verstappen was moving away from his rivals.

While this victory has as much to do with slowing down Mercedes as improving Red Bull’s pace will be discovered this season.

What Red Bull does know is they are armed, with Lewis Hamilton the fastest and most consistent driver in the sport at Verstappen, the 23-year-old who continues to show title-defying potential but fails to have not yet received the package. fight at the front throughout a campaign.

The team should also be energized by the arrival of Perez, who replaces Alex Albon for 2021.

Verstappen fought Mercedes alone for the majority of last season, with Albon often unable to get out of midfield, and the minimum expectation for Perez will be to help Verstappen take on Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

After eight seasons with Force India / Racing Point following a solo campaign with McLaren, Perez finally has another chance at a top-tier squad – which his performances in recent seasons have well deserved.

The best 31-year-old F1 season to date came last year, which was capped with a stunning first F1 victory in the penultimate race in Bahrain.

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