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Red Bull Rac­ing chief Chris­tian Horner is con­fi­dent that the team’s en­gine de­ba­cle last sea­son hasn’t hin­dered the de­vel­op­ment of the team’s new RB12 chal­lenger.

Red Bull un­veiled its new car just ahead of pre-sea­son test­ing at Barcelona on Mon­day. The RB12 also adopts the snubbed nose de­sign, as well as re­mod­elled side­pods.

The car still runs with a Re­nault power unit, but it is branded by TAG Heuer for this year and Red Bull will have the free­dom to pur­sue a dif­fer­ent de­vel­op­ment path from that of the Re­nault fac­tory.

De­spite the fact the team served no­tice to ter­mi­nate its deal with Rean­ult, and then spent months wran­gling for an al­ter­na­tive en­gine sup­ply, Horner said the new car hasn’t been com­pro­mised.

“Ob­vi­ously the late en­gine de­ci­sion last year was a chal­lenge but we found a so­lu­tion in time and the whole team has worked in­cred­i­bly hard to re­cover over the win­ter,” said Horner.

“There­fore, we’re look­ing to build on the sig­nif­i­cant progress we made in the se­cond half of 2015 and to carry that mo­men­tum into the early races.

“My hopes for this sea­son are that we gen­uinely make progress from where we were last year; that we get our heads down and we re­ally de­velop the car well and, hope­fully with some per­for­mance com­ing on the power unit side as well, that will al­low us to get closer to some of our ri­vals.”

TEAM STATS Red Bull Chas­sis RB12 En­gine TAG Heuer (Re­nault)

His­tory Races 203 Wins 50 Poles 57 Fastest laps 47 Teams’ ti­tles 4

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