Red Bull Racing is the latest team to unveil its new challenger for the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. But while the aero package and essential shape of the car has been all but finalized, this isn’t the livery it’ll be running in the season ahead.
What we can see beneath that special livery is the inclusion of the new halo cockpit safety device and the absence of certain aero components that have been ruled out for this season. The T-wings atop the engine cover, the “monkey seats” along the sidepods, and the shark-fin stemming from the engine cover to the rear wing are all gone.
Officially entered as the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14, the new car will once again run with a Renault power unit, rebranded by the Swiss watchmaker that Red Bull poached a couple of years ago from McLaren.
Naming schemes and liveries aside, both Ricciardo and his Red-Bull-gives-you-wingman Max Verstappen will be driving the new RB14 in the upcoming championship in an effort to rediscover the team’s former winning form. RBR finished third last season and second the year before, but hasn’t won a title since Sebastian Vettel’s four seasons of dominance from 2010 to 2013.
Will this year be the one in which Red Bull makes its way past Mercedes to clinch the championship again? Chances are slim given the proven superiority of the AMG powertrain package. But we’ll have to wait and see.
With Haas, Williams, and now Red Bull having revealed their new cars, Renault and Sauber will be next to present theirs tomorrow. Mercedes and Ferrari are set to follow on the 22nd, McLaren on the 23rd, Toro Rosso on the 26th, and Force India‘s reveal still to be confirmed.