Red Bull's new car became the first of the 2020 F1 challengers to hit the track on Wednesday when Max Verstappen got behind the wheel of the RB16 for a shakedown run at Silverstone, ahead of pre-season testing next week.
For three seasons in a row Red Bull have finished third in the championship. But with stability in the regulations and the end of what Team Principal Christian Horner called a “transitional year” with Honda in 2019, the RB16 could be the car to deliver Red Bull a championship... or two.
The car is decked out in the now-traditional Red Bull livery, with the team - and drivers Verstappen and Alex Albon - hoping that it can build on the success of its predecessor, which Verstappen drove to three wins in Austria, Germany and Brazil, as well as the first two pole positions of his career.
The RB16 will also be the second Red Bull to be powered by Honda, the Japanese power unit manufacturer having shown an impressive rate of development in the back of the Red Bulls (and Toro Rossos) last year, leading to the partnership being extended to the end of 2021.
The car was shaken down by Verstappen at the Silverstone circuit today, and will post its first competitive lap times on February 19, when pre-season testing for 2020 begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Find out how you can watch pre-season testing live here.
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