Red Bull Racing show off the RB13 car they hope will win F1 driver and constructor titles.
Red Bull Racing have unveiled their new 2017 contender ahead of the new F1 season – the sleek and powerful RB13. The new engineering regulations mean that the engineers have been hard at work to ensure the car gives the team a chance to eclipse Mercedes this upcoming season after finishing second in the constructors’ race last time out.
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Hopefully, we have built a very competitive car. The mood is very positive.
Team Principal Christian Horner revealed earlier in the week: “We are like a swan on the surface and paddling furiously underneath but that is the same as every preseason so generally we are on target.”
Meanwhile, Chief Engineering Officer Rob Marshall said: “The car is expected to be between three and five seconds a lap faster, and most of that gain will come through cornering speeds where the increased downforce on the car will mean the car will go around the corners quicker.”
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, third in the 2016 drivers’ championship, said: “The car is going to feel a lot different. Both front and rear tyres are significantly wider. It will increase the speed of the cars.”
The Red Bull RB13 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Red Bull Racing to compete during the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. It made its competitive debut at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
It is the first British-based foreign F1 car to utilize ExxonMobil fuel and lubricants since 2013, along with Toro Rosso STR12, based in Faenza, Italy.
The pre-season testing proved that the car was far behind the two leaders, i.e. Ferrari and Mercedes, in both pace and reliability. The team opted for a low-drag design philosophy for 2017, similar to the Williams team.