Red Bull's RB12 is set to make its official track debut at the first pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.
As the team embarks on its new partnership with TAG Heuer, the RB12 is gearing up for its maiden track action after its striking matte livery was launched last week in London.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the team has been playing catch up over the winter due to the late announcement of its new power unit partner TAG Heuer but is confident the new car has strong potential as the season breaks into its full stride.
"Obviously the late engine decision last year was a challenge but we found a solution in time and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to recover over the winter,” Horner said. “Therefore, we're looking to build on the significant progress we made in the second half of 2015 and to carry that momentum into the early races of this season.
"My hopes for this season are that we genuinely make progress from where we were last year; that we get our heads down and we really develop the car well and hopefully with some performance coming on the power unit side as well that will allow us to get closer to some of our immediate rivals."
Red Bull's chief technical officer Adrian Newey says with largely unchanged regulation rules the team concentrated its efforts on upgrading the suspension, chassis and aerodynamics into a package which compliments each other and adds the team has learnt lessons from the RB11.
"With the stable regulations we have at the moment it's difficult to find any major new areas to exploit,” Newey said. “Therefore, what we've really tried to concentrate on with this car is getting a cohesive package for all the parts – the suspension, the chassis dynamics, aerodynamics – that they all work together in harmony. I think we've managed to build on the lessons of last year and all the indications from our simulations suggest that this year's chassis should be strong."