Red Bull Racing team has launched their new F1 car for the 2018 season right in time for the pre-season testing.
The Formula One team has unveiled new machine, RB14 in a ‘special edition’ livery with blue and black colour scheme, powered by a Tag Heuer-branded Renault engine.
The ‘special edition’ livery, according to the team, is not expected to last long. The ‘race-ready’ livery will be unveiled in Barcelona next week.
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo took the all-new Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14 for a spin on Silverstone’s National Circuit at the start of our pre-season filming day.
Daniel, feeling joyful after the first experience of the new car, said, “It’s always hard to tell from a few laps but the initial feeling is good. It’s not doing anything that scares me and I can already feel that the rear of the car feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions. Those are encouraging early signs.”
The RB14 wore a special edition livery at Silverstone, nicknamed ‘Disruption’ in the garage. Daniel accessorised it with an Aston Martin DB11 in the same scheme. “I was staying on-trend,” he explained. “The car looked very cool today: it’s what you want to see when you walk into a garage.”
While not driving on the filming day, another team racer Max Verstappen stopped by to take a look at the car and quiz Daniel on the performance. “The car looks very aggressive – and I really, really like today’s livery, said Max. “Daniel’s driving today but I can’t wait for my turn in Barcelona. Hopefully it will be drier.”
The 2018 edition of the car has the biggest change than most years with the introduction of the Halo and the new exclusion zones on the rear of the car that effectively remove monkey seats, T-wings and shark fin engine covers. Though an engine ridgeline is retained. Some years it’s difficult for the casual viewer to differentiate the new car from the old: that isn’t going to be a problem this time around.
Daniel claimed the new safety device (Halo) caused him no problems – at least on track. “I can see fine. Before today I’d only done a couple of installs with the Halo, so it was pretty new – but I really didn’t notice it was there. Honestly, unless there’s (trackside signage) above, I don’t see any issues at all on a flat track. It is a bit awkward to jump in and out – I’m probably going to pull an adductor! – but it’s OK. A small challenge but we’ll get over it.”