RB18 Is Here As Red Bull Launch The F1 Car Aiming To Defend The Drivers Championship

In a collaborative launch with the fans and Oracle Red Bull Racing today, Wednesday February 9, revealed the RB18.

Taking place at their Technology Campus in Milton Keynes with Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez and Christian Horner teamed up with supporters to launch 2022 F1 car.

The Red Bull Racing RB18 is pictured during the Red Bull Racing RB18 launch at Red Bull Racing Factory on January 26, 2022 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The team are the first of the top three to launch the new regulation car that will be contesting the 2022 Formula One World Championship.

Current champion Max Verstappen revealed: “I’m feeling recharged and ready to get driving again, I feel good and it’s important that you prepare yourself in the best way possible physically, particularly when things are changing with the shakeup in regulations.”

Talking about the new wheels Verstappen said “In terms of the car, we don’t know what to fully expect so I’m excited to see how the car behaves on the track for the first time.

“The biggest adaptation this season will be the new regulations, we’ll need some time to get used to the car, it’s not like you just jump in and it’s an upgrade from last year.

“The rest is pretty straightforward, I don’t feel any extra pressure this season, I will just do what I do all the time because I don’t think there is any reason to be different.

“Now I just I can’t wait for that first moment when I drive out of the pitlane in the RB18.”

Red Bull won the 2021 drivers championship with a dramatic last lap of the season having previously won the title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Team Principal Christian Horner said: “With the new regulation changes this year, the whole philosophy has altered from last year, which means every single component is different to last year’s car.

“It’s a clean sheet of paper for every single team.

“By the time we get to the first race, the RB18 won’t look much like it looks today, the evolution will be very quick as we progress through the season.

“It is a steep learning curve for everyone and it is a race of development between the first race and the last race.

“We believe we have a good car for 2022, the RB18 is coming to life and seeing it today is fantastic.

“It has been a huge effort from the team and I am looking forward to seeing it out on the track now.

“We plan to build on 2021, we have number one on the car this year and now the challenge is it keep it and defend that title with Max.

“The excitement and hard work of 2021 really galvanised the team and it means we go into 2022 in great shape for the season ahead.”

The new regulations are aiming to bring more competition to the grid with the turbulence generated behind the cars reduced to allow them to follow closer.

While the new eighteen inch wheels, similar to the ones used by road users, mean drivers can push harder for longer rather than having to run off the pace to protect the tyres.

Will this be the car to break Mercedes domination of the Constructors Championship.

The first time the teams will be on track is Barcelona, Spain in the first of two preseason tests.