Red Bull RB12

F1 Racing - - AWARDS 2016 -

Wdom­i­nant ma­chine of 2016 has been the Mercedes F1 W07 Hy­brid, a con­tin­u­a­tion of the mod­els that have led the way through­out the 1.6-litre tur­bocharged era. How­ever, on the oc­ca­sions when the Merc has been beaten, the car mak­ing that break­through has been the Red Bull RB12.

“It’s with great pride that we ac­cept this award. It’s tes­ti­mony to the great work of all the tech­ni­cal team, all the guys in pro­duc­tion and all the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments from re­search and de­vel­op­ment to the de­sign of­fice. We’ll hang this award up on a wall in a priv­i­leged place in the fac­tory.”

In this hy­brid era, power is king and Mercedes and their customer teams have long held an ad­van­tage. But where Red Bull have suc­ceeded has been in build­ing a chas­sis strong enough to over­come the de­fi­cien­cies of their Re­nault (re­branded TAG Heuer) power unit.

When Red Bull team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Horner an­nounces that “We’re chip­ping away and you’re not see­ing the mar­gins that Mercedes had in pre­vi­ous years,” it’s clear that the W07 is the bet­ter all-round pack­age. But the Re­nault en­gine is much more pow­er­ful and tractable than it used to be, en­abling the RB12 to out­per­form

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