Car: RS16 Engine: Renault RE16 First GP: Britain 1977 Raced: 300 Wins: 35 Poles: 51 Fastest laps: 31 Points: 1318 Drivers’titles: 2 Constructors’titles:
NUMBER 20 KEVIN MAGNUSSEN (DEN)
Debut: Australia 2014 Races: 19 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 0 Points: 55 Best result: 2nd
NUMBER 30 JOLYON PALMER (GBR)
Debut: Australia 2016 Races: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Fastest laps: 0 Points: 0 Best result: N/A
Red Bull head Dietrich Mateschitz believes the new RB12 chassis is one of the team’s finest products yet as it aims to begin its fight back to the top of the F1 pecking order.
Red Bull Racing is targeting third place in this year’s Constructors’ standings, during what team head Christian Horner has labelled a transitional year. The team will begin the season with a spec Renault power unit, which will then benefit from factory upgrades as well as development from independent tuning firm Ilmor.
While much of the team’s success will hinge on the progress Renault makes with its upgrades, Mateschitz said he was happy with what he’d seen so far.
“Though the powertrain is basically the same as last year, I got the impression that Renault is pushing hard with new people in responsible roles,” he said. “They show passion, a very professional attitude and a desire for success.
“The new RB12 is one of the best cars we put on track, it’s a masterpiece by Adrian [Newey, chief designer] and his team. Our target has to be to become third behind the two factory teams and then to beat the customer teams with those [Mercedes and Ferrari] engines.”
The team has retained drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat for this term. Ricciardo said he was confident ahead of his home grand prix in Melbourne.
“Testing’s been a lot better for us this year,” he said. “You don’t know where you stand, but we’re better prepared than this time last year so that gives us confidence. When I’m on the grid on Sunday, it’ll just be full focus, full determination, knowing that I’ve got a battle on my hands, and it’s a battle I’ll look forward to.”