Red Bull have officially taken the covers off their new RB12, a car that Christian Horner hopes will yield genuine progress.
Last week Red Bull debuted their new livery while on Monday morning it was time for the world to see the car.
The RB12, which will be powered by a TAG Heuer branded Renault engine, incorporates a host of improvements which Red Bull state are based on the lessons learned last season.
“Obviously the late engine decision last year was a challenge but we found a solution in time and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to recover over the winter,” team boss Horner said.
“Therefore, we’re looking to build on the significant progress we made in the second half of 2015 and to carry that momentum into the early races of this season.
“My hopes for this season are that we genuinely make progress from where we were last year; that we get our heads down and we really develop the car well and hopefully with some performance coming on the power unit side as well that will allow us to get closer to some of our immediate rivals.”
Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey explained that Red Bull’s goal with the RB12 was to get a “cohesive package” given that massive performance gains are hard to find as the sport’s regulations remain the same for a third year running.
He said: “I’m often asked what area of the car I’m most pleased with but with the stable regulations we have at the moment it’s difficult to find any major new areas to exploit.
“Therefore, what we’ve really tried to concentrate on with this car is getting a cohesive package for all the parts – the suspension, the chassis dynamics, aerodynamics – that they all work together in harmony.
“I think we’ve managed to build on the lessons of last year and all the indications from our simulations suggest that this year’s chassis should be strong.”