Red Bull have taken the covers off their 2023 car livery, with the RB19’s colours having been put on show in New York City on Friday.
The full details of the new Red Bull are likely to be kept fully under wraps until pre-season testing in Bahrain from 23 February, with the team taking the lead of Haas in opting for a livery launch on a show car.
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were joined on stage by reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo and team principal Christian Horner as the new car’s colour scheme was unveiled at Manhattan’s Classic Car Club, with three American races to come in 2023.
The team had teased a “blank slate” ahead of their 2023 launch, but the livery itself remains similar to what has been on show in previous years.
The launch follows hot on the heels of Ford confirming they will be re-entering Formula 1 from 2026 as a power unit supplier, when the sport’s new technical regulations come into place – with focus on fully sustainable fuels and a different engine configuration coming into force.
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Ford and Red Bull have since confirmed their new partnership will take effect from the 2026 season, with the American manufacturer partnering on Red Bull Powertrains to create the team’s new engines from the new technical regulations.
Once the RB19 livery had been unveiled, Ford CEO Jim Farley joined Horner on stage to formally announce Ford’s partnership with the team moving forward, citing the environmental direction Formula 1 is aiming to take in future as part of the reason behind their re-entry into the sport.
In the here and now, however, Red Bull will have a lot of success to live up to from last season if the RB19 is to pick up where its predecessor left off, with the RB18 having won 17 of the 22 races in 2022 through Verstappen and Perez, with Verstappen winning 15 times in an all-time record for a single Formula 1 season, on his way to his second World title.
The reigning Drivers’ and Constructors’ champions also head into the year with a budget cap penalty looming over them, with a 10% reduction in CFD [computational fluid dynamics] time hindering their ability to test new developments by further reducing the number of runs available to them over the year in their wind tunnel.