Red Bull has become the first of last season’s front-runners to launch its 2018 car.
The RB14 was revealed early to coincide with Daniel Ricciardo driving the car during a filming day at Silverstone on Monday, and was launched in a blue and black camouflage livery featuring white branding. Red Bull has confirmed this is not the color scheme that will be used in testing and races this season, with the race livery to be unveiled when the car rolls out in Barcelona a week from today.
“We’re keeping our race-ready paint job under wraps for the time being and will unveil it at the Circuit de Catalunya next week,” the team announced. “The unfamiliar shapes under the paint, however, are here to stay.”
The new car features the mandatory Halo cockpit protection device and a reduced shark fin engine cover, along with a more complicated aero arrangement around the slimmed-down sidepod and barge board area compared to last year’s launch car.
There is no T-wing visible on the new car at this stage – with teams able to incorporate such a wing much lower and further back on the bodywork in comparison with those used in 2017 – but Red Bull often introduces major aerodynamic upgrades in the final two days of pre-season testing ahead of the first race.
Red Bull confirms the relative stability in the 2018 regulations has allowed the team to launch its car much earlier than in the past, admitting that in previous seasons “it’s been not uncommon to have the car finished, fired up for the first time and shipped to Spain for the start of testing all on the same day.”
Teams are limited to 100km of running on a filming day – officially titled a ‘promotional event’ – which takes place on specific Pirelli tires that are different from the race compounds.
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