Red Bull has become the second Formula 1 team to launch its 2020 car, unveiling its RB16 design on Wednesday. 

Red Bull’s newest Honda-powered challenger, the RB16, was presented on Wednesday morning before conducting an initial shakedown run at Silverstone, with Max Verstappen expected to get the first taste of driving the team’s latest machinery. 

With Verstappen once again leading Red Bull’s charge alongside Alexander Albon, the Milton Keynes squad hopes to table a serious challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari after a promising transition year with Honda in 2019. 

After a slow start, impressive improvements on both the chassis and power unit helped Red Bull emerge as having one of the most competitive packages towards the end of the campaign as it regularly battled Mercedes and Ferrari for wins. 

Verstappen notched up three victories and two pole positions across the 21-round season, including scoring Honda’s first win since 2006 at Red Bull’s home race in Austria. 

The Dutchman enjoyed his best-ever F1 season to claim third spot in the drivers’ standings behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, while Red Bull finished third, a whopping 322 points adrift of Mercedes and 85 behind Ferrari. 

Renault will also launch its 2020 challenger later on Wednesday, before McLaren (Thursday) and Mercedes and AlphaTauri (Friday) take the wraps off their newest cars. 

Racing Point and Williams will reveal their cars on Monday 17, with Haas and Alfa Romeo set for a pitlane rollout at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya on the morning of the first pre-season test. 

The opening three days of running takes place at the Spanish Grand Prix venue between February 19-21, before the winter test concludes a week later on February 26-28. 

 

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