Oracle Red Bull Racing has lifted the veil on its new F1 race car for the 2022 season, dubbed the RB18. However, it comes with a big caveat: the car you see looks very different to what Red Bull will race during the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.
The Red Bull RB18 unveiled by the defending driver’s championship holders is a slightly reworked version of the generic 2022 F1 showcar that was launched by Formula 1 last year. Given that the 2022 season will see the introduction of drastically different cars that focus on ground effect aerodynamics, Red Bull Racing is keeping its cards close to its chest when it comes to this year’s contender.
“With the new regulation changes this year, the whole philosophy has altered from last year, which means every single component is different to last year’s car,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “It’s a clean sheet of paper for every single team. By the time we get to the first race, the RB18 won’t look much like it looks today, the evolution will be very quick as we progress through the season. It is a steep learning curve for everyone and it is a race of development between the first race and the last race.”