Red Bull’s launch won’t reveal ‘any special details’

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen sitting in his Red Bull. Austin October 2021

Max Verstappen sitting in his Red Bull in the team's garage looking at the screen. Austin October 2021

Although Red Bull will be the first of the big teams to unveil their 2022 car, their rivals won’t get even a glimpse of any “special details”.

That’s according to Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko.

Formula 1’s launch season began on Friday with Haas but that, as was predicted, turned out to be just the livery.

That meant fans have to wait until next week to see the first 2022 car, which will be the Red Bull RB18.

Max Verstappen’s team will take the covers off their 2022 challenger on Thursday afternoon followed a day later by Aston Martin and then McLaren.

Ferrari and Mercedes will be a week later.

However, Red Bull’s rivals needn’t look too closely at the car as Marko says a lot of the important details will be missing.

“The presentation, which is important for fans and sponsors, does not show any special details on the car,” the 78-year-old told F1-Insider.com.

Instead Red Bull will wait until the first pre-season outing, a three-day group shakedown at the Barcelona circuit that begins on 23 February, to run the actual car.

But even that won’t be the RB18 that takes to the track for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in March.

“The new car will only be ready shortly before the start of testing in Barcelona on February 23rd,” Marko added.

“From then on it will be further developed and will receive another update for the first race of the season on March 20th in Bahrain.”

The Austrian explained that while last year it is okay to show off the car early in the pre-season, this year’s new regulations mean teams must hide their innovations for as long as possible.

“The rules stayed the same last year,” he said. “So we decided to have the car ready very early for the 2021 season. At the time, this decision proved to be the right one.

“But now it’s exactly the other way round: With the new rules, everyone wants to finish as late as possible – also so as not to show everything too early.”

Marko is confident Red Bull will be in the fight for this year’s titles as they look to keep the number ‘1’ on Verstappen’s car.

 

“I think we’re on the right track and can fight for the title again,” he said. “As usual, Mercedes should be our main competitor.”

 

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