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