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Red Bull to launch the RB16 on February 12th

The Milton Keynes-based team finally confirmed when we would see their new challenger. The drivers talked about the year ahead, too.

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Red Bull to launch the RB16 on February 12th
Fuente imagen: Jerry Andre - MotorLat

Ahead of their sixteenth season in Formula 1, Red Bull Racing announced they will be revealing their 2020 challenger, the RB16, on February 12th. Following a great first year with Honda, the Milton Keynes-based team will be looking to challenge Mercedes even more in the upcoming season. 

Christian Horner, Max Verstappen and Alex Albon discussed the year ahead in London last night. 

Horner: “For the first time in probably five or six years we’ve got stability in the regulations and that gives us a real opportunity to take the fight to our rivals. 

The lessons we learned last year have been carried over from RB15 to RB16. We also have stability in the Team and that, alongside the momentum we built over the second half of last year, means we’re in a very good place to mount a strong challenge this year. 

“A big factor to enable us to mount a challenge is the power unit and in Honda we have an intensely motivated and competitive partner. Honda did a great job in 2019 and each iteration of the power year brought more performance and more power. It feels like we’re getting closer to our main rivals.” 

Max Verstappen will be staying at the team until 2023 and the Dutchman is ‘’looking forward’’ to 2020. 

Verstappen: “It takes away any doubts. There are no question marks. For me, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is the right place to be. I feel really good in the Team. There are a lot of good people here and I also see the motivation and hunger to fight for victories and possibly a championship. 

Everything is very car dependent in Formula One, but when you can put pressure on the guy in front it’s a lot harder for him. I’m looking forward to it. When everything is put together, in pressure situations – such as in Brazil or Germany – then the team really excels compared to the others. So I’m looking forward to when we get that fight and we are really close. If we get that then I’m pretty sure we can win.” 

Following a crazy maiden Formula 1 season where he got promoted to Red Bull Racing during the summer break, Alex Albon will want to get closer to Verstappen in 2020. 

Albon: “I’m coming into my second year in Formula One, so there’s less of a learning process. Now it’s more about fine-tuning things I needed to work on. The winter provided a good time for reflection – to analyse my performance, to be happy with the things I felt worked and to identify the elements I was not happy with, and to begin to work on solutions.” 

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