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    F1 world champions Red Bull have announced that they will hold a ‘season launch’ in New York early in February, as the team look to continue their recent run of success.

    After winning the 2021 drivers’ championship with Max Verstappen, 2022 saw the Dutchman (15 wins from 22 races) and the outfit (17 wins) romp to both world titles, making the most of F1’s rules reset.

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    As such, they enter the 2023 campaign as the force to beat, with Ferrari aiming to offer a more sustained challenge this time out, and Mercedes bid to join them in the fight.

    On Friday, Red Bull took to social media with the message ‘New kit, new car, New York’, confirming a ‘season launch’ in the Big Apple on February 3.

    Running power units developed under their own in-house Red Bull Powertrains operation, the team will field an unchanged driver line-up this year, with Verstappen committed through 2028 and team mate Sergio Perez signed up until the end of 2024, while Christian Horner continues as Team Principal.

    Recently reflecting on Red Bull’s return to double title-winning ways, and bagging a fifth constructors’ crown, Horner said: “We went through that pain [of losing]. [In] 2013, we finished a very dominant streak and [2014], with the change in the regs, we were nowhere, and we never lost belief.

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    “People’s heads dropped but you have to keep focused on a target. Many of the people that we have today are still with us from those times, from 2013.

    “There are many new people that have joined the team as well, and everybody has just kept focus on that challenge, on that goal of getting back into a winning position.

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    “To get that constructors’ title back after eight very long years is testimony to all our hard work and dedication and belief that has gone in.”

    There will be one new addition for the upcoming season, as former driver Daniel Ricciardo returns in a third driver role to provide simulator and marketing support alongside Verstappen and Perez.

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    Red Bull will, however, face wind tunnel testing and CFD restrictions through the year, following penalties handed out by the FIA for their breach of the 2021 cost cap limit.