Red Bull Racing is not a very old name in Formula racing, it has achieved a lot in a short time and team principal Christian Horner played an instrumental role in establishing the team. Red Bull was just a sponsor before it became a fully-fledged team in 2005. The drivers at the wheel for Horner’s brainchild were David Coulthard and Christian Klein.
The arrival of Adrian Newey to Red Bull Racing to work on the RB3 powered by Renault engines marked the rise of Red Bull Racing. In 2009, an aspiring Sebastian Vettel joined Red Bull and was runners-up that season. He then proceeded to win 4 consecutive WDCs and Constructors’ Championships in a dominating way that was never seen before.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged engines were introduced in 2014 and marked the beginning of the era of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. This was the case until 2021 when an epic showdown between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton resulted in the dutchman emerging victorious to end Hamilton’s domination era.
Nicholas Latifi’s crash at the latter stages of the race resulted in a yellow flag that allowed Verstappen on comparatively newer tires to take the lead dramatically.
Red Bull unveils 2023 livery
Red Bull unveiled its new livery for the 2023 season on the 3rd of February, 2023 and it is not a big change from their few previous liveries. It features the same color scheme as the previous and Oracle is still the highlight of the livery.
Meet the #RB19 🤘 Our car for the 2023 #F1 season 💪 pic.twitter.com/ilCfMQMxW4— Oracle Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 3, 2023
Ford, on the other hand, is making a comeback to Formula One after 2 decades. It will be entering into a partnership with RedBull to work on the hybrid engines from 2026 onwards. It will be providing the powertrains for both the Red Bull teams i.e. AlphaTauri and Oracle Red Bull Racing.
Ford and Red Bull Powertrains will collaborate beginning in 2023 to develop the power unit that will be part of the new technical regulations, including a 350 kW electric motor and a new combustion engine capable of accepting fully sustainable fuels, in time for the 2026 season.
Red Bull’s vision for 2023
Christian Horner’s side emerged dominatingly victorious in the 2022 season. With Verstappen, Perez, and the near-perfect RB18, the Bulls dominated the championship on both drivers’ and constructors’ levels. Thereafter, their domination had come to such a point that Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was competing with Sergio Perez with a gap of more than 100 points gap from Max Verstappen.
This one is for Dietrich 🙏— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) October 23, 2022
So happy we could wrap up the win and the constructors’ championship, after such an emotional weekend for everyone @redbull. The only thing we could do today was win. pic.twitter.com/Xczad35AKJ
Ferrari’s F1-75 was the only one threat to Red Bull’s RB18 but the Italian team managed to concede by struggling to get race strategy right on multiple occasions. Although, after reliability issues with the RB18 in the first few races, Red Bull picked up the pace to rocket to the first position in the WDC and constructors’ standings. “Max is technically extremely gifted. He did a lot of work as a youngster,” said the team chief engineer, Paul Monaghan.
At Red Bull’s RB19 launch in New York on the 3rd of February, Horner revealed some of his plans for the 2023 season. He said that the season could have the potential to be incredible season and that their rivals are going to be competitive. He also mentioned that this was the time to focus on improvement until the Bahrain GP. Moreover, he expressed that he was optimistic about the 23-race season coming up.
It will be interesting for the fans to see how the reigning champions defend their title against allegedly a more competitive top table.
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