Red Bull RB12
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