Red Bull principal Christian Horner hopes that a “philosophy” change will put an end to their traditional slow starts to the season.
The team grew in performance throughout 2019, working alongside Honda who continued to find engine gains, but it was another slow start to the season which cost Red Bull any chance of being in the title fight once they hit form.
Max Verstappen would take three wins, earning himself P3 in the Drivers’ Championship, but the next step for him now is to challenge for the Drivers’ Championship.
But if he is to give Red Bull their first title since 2013, then Horner knows the team must start the season competitive, and he hopes a “philosophy” change will allow them to do that.
“There have been factors in recent years – like an engine transition or a front wing change [last year],” he said when speaking at a Red Bull media event in London.
“This year, we’ve changed our philosophy as well going into this year, being really earlier.
“With the stability of regulations, it is obvious [the] RB16 is very much an upgrade and evolution of the RB15. It’s focused on addressing some of its weak spots and building on its strengths.
“With that continuity, the team is really eager to go toe to toe with particularly Mercedes and take that challenge to them, because it is on those days that teamwork really counts: whether it is world record pitstops, whether it’s getting the strategy right, or of course reliability.”
Red Bull were the last of the ten teams to announce the launch of their 2020 challenger – the RB16 will break cover on February 12.
It has become almost tradition over the years for the Austrian outfit to launch in a striking testing livery.