After revealing their 2022 livery only at the official launch of their 2022 challenger RB18, we finally got to see Red Bull’s actual RB18 in action. This could only be made possible due to the pre-season testing in Barcelona, otherwise, it seemed that the team was adamant about keeping their car a secret as long as they could.
Red Bull’s drivers, the current world champion Max Verstappen, and the Mexican Sergio Perez completed 206 and 152 laps respectively in Barcelona They provided the team with the crucial data before the Bahrain testing and GP in March. The duo looked swift on the track on all days, and Perez put up the best time of 1.19.556 on Day 3.
After the testing, Red Bull boss Christian Horner reflects on the team’s performance and shares his expectations from the team. And the boss looks towards the improvement of the car by straight-up 2 seconds!
Christian Horner’s expects massive improvements with the help of data
As the new regulations have kicked in, the cars for this season have changed drastically compared to last year’s. The change in designing has sort of reset the teams’ positions on the grid.
Christian Horner told RacingNews365, “There will be a steep learning curve. With these new rules, we are finding more performance every week – 1.5-2 seconds of development will be found. On some circuits we won’t be far from last year’s pole position.”
The optimism in the words of the boss sounds clear and shows that the best of Red Bull is about to come in later. Although after receiving positive feedback from both the drivers, Horner was satisfied.
Horner added, “We had a gearbox problem on Wednesday, but it was nothing dramatic. The test is mainly about the process of getting to know the car better. We collected a lot of data and drove a lot of laps,” addressing the issue during testing but doesn’t see it as a bad sign.
What now remains to be seen is how much of the improvement will the fans get to see in Bahrain testing in March. The rapid changes and development ahead of the season might be the best thing for everyone before the racing calendar kicks off.