Formula 1. Red Bull unveils the RB18, world champion Max Verstappen’s single-seater for 2022.

Less than two months after Dutchman Max Verstappen’s first world title, Red Bull presented its new single-seater for 2022 on Wednesday, called RB18, which uses the same color codes as the previous one.

While waiting for its great rival Mercedes on February 18 or even Ferrari on February 17, Red Bull presented the car that will be driven by the now No. 1 Verstappen and his teammate, the Mexican Sergio Pérez, an unchanged duo.

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Red Bull was expected, like the other nine teams, to fit into the mold of new regulations from the International Automobile Federation for 2022. F1 is introducing new regulations that are supposed to allow cars to follow and overtake each other more easily, thus promising more show.

« It’s a new philosophy, each team starts from scratch »supported Christian Horner, team manager of the stable, adding that “every component is new” So « prototype that is constantly evolving ».

While waiting to find out if Red Bull has found, in this new framework, the idea to play with the competition, the version unveiled on Wednesday strongly resembles the demonstration model presented by the FIA ​​in 2021.

photo the new single-seater of outgoing world champion max verstappen.  © bryn lennon / red bull content pool / afp

The new single-seater of outgoing world champion Max Verstappen. © Bryn Lennon / RED BULL CONTENT POOL / AFP

« There are a lot of unknowns on the car, I’m curious to see how it behaves on the track »explained Verstappen, who will discover his car during pre-season testing in Barcelona from February 23 to 25, the opportunity to detect the first clues about the forces involved.

No extra pressure for Max Verstappen

Three more days of testing will follow (March 10-12) in Bahrain, before the first Grand Prix on March 20 also in Bahrain.

Now world champion, Verstappen assured not to have additional pressure: “No, I keep doing what I do all the time, there’s no reason to change. With the new regulations, you have to get used to the car and that’s going to be the biggest adaptation, but the rest is quite simple. »

The team took the opportunity to unveil its new title sponsor, Oracle, an IT group specializing in software and the cloud, which replaces Honda.

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Honda has officially left F1, but Red Bull, like its sister team AlphaTauri, will continue to use Japanese engine technology in 2022.

The American Haas team, last in the 2021 ranking, was the first to unveil its 2022 livery last Friday. This week, Aston Martin on Thursday and McLaren on Friday will follow Red Bull.

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