Hamilton expects Red Bull to push him hard as he bids for a record eighth F1 title to overtake Michael Schumacher and stand alone among F1 … Red Bull hopes the RB16B will iron out the negative aspects of last year's car while retaining as much performance as possible under the FIA's latest aerodynamics rule changes, aimed at reducing downforce. But unless the new Red Bull Powertrains operation proves to be an unqualified success, they are likely to remain open to a collaboration with a suitably attractive new manufacturer from 2025. The first race in the season is also scheduled in Bahrain on March 28. The car carries the hopes of 10-time race winner Max Verstappen and new recruit Sergio Perez, who replaces Alex Albon at the team this season. For the 2021 F1 season, the battle of Red Bull vs Mercedes looks set to be captured in the high-rake vs low-rake philosophy clash due to this year's technical rule tweaks. RTL have reported an Audi spokesman as saying a denial of such a rumour has been “in my drawer for 10 years” and that “at the moment we are not dealing with Formula 1” – although the caveat was added that nothing is ever categorically excluded. It costs more, but not significantly more.”, Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page. Red Bull's Max Verstappen set himself up as favorite for the first race of the Formula One season after a perfect pole position in Bahrain on Saturday. A vote which was passed on Thursday to freeze engine development, and thus save costs, gave this project the green light. Another name linked in similar terms has been Porsche, especially given F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali’s declaration recently that he had conducted talks with potential new manufacturers. It is the last Red Bull to be powered by a Honda-badged engine ahead of the Japanese manufacturer's withdrawal from the sport at the … Hamilton signs single-year contract extension with Mercedes, Airspeeder launches world's first electric flying race car, Grosjean: F1 a closed book but never say never, Grosjean to make return from injury in IndyCar, How Perez rode a lifelong sponsorship to the peak of F1. Audi respond to Red Bull link-up rumours Date published: February 14 2021 Audi have denied they are harbouring any plans to enter Formula 1 in the foreseeable future. Red Bull has launched the car it hopes will take the fight to Mercedes in this year's Formula One world championship. Honda Formula 1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe believes the manufacturer's "compact" engine has aided Red Bull with more than just power. Red Bull are doing all they can to maximise the RB16B’s performance ... Red Bull merchandise is available to purchase now via the official Formula 1 store. Red Bull were no strangers to F1 - as sponsors - prior to formally entering as a works team in 2004. F1 commentator Martin Brundle believes “the pack is really going to be closed up in the next year or two” and has high expectations of Red Bull. The German manufacturer were recently linked with becoming an engine supplier to Red Bull, whose current provider, Honda, are withdrawing from the sport at the end of this year. For 2022, and until significant changes to the engine regulations kick in three years later, Red Bull are set to bring the Honda operation in-house by way of acquiring the Japanese company’s intellectual property. Red Bull heads into the 2021 season looking like a real threat to Mercedes after setting the fastest times in each of the two sessions on the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain. Max Verstappen had been fastest on the opening day and completed the most mileage, and when he … Honda says the aerodynamics of Red Bull’s new RB16B Formula 1 car have been boosted by the design tweaks it made to produce a new super-compact engine. For the 2021 F1 season, the battle of Red Bull vs Mercedes looks set to be captured in the high-rake vs low-rake philosophy clash due to this year's technical rule tweaks. Twitter; Instagram; Mercedes suggests Red Bull advantage after F1 testing ... Mercedes has claimed that it is not the favourite heading into the 2021 Formula 1 … After a first podium in 2006, the team hit their stride in 2009, claiming six victories and second in the constructors' standings. Although Red Bull are incurring great expense to set up their new engine operation, they still considered it a preferable option to taking customer power units from an existing manufacturer – which would almost certainly have meant an awkward reunion with Renault. Red Bull has revealed the first images of its updated chassis for the 2021 F1 season, the RB16B. Perez calls first Red Bull test 'a dream come true', Ferrari to build hypercar for Le Mans return, Legendary F1 designer Murray names latest car after Lauda, What to expect from the McLaren-Mercedes-Ricciardo combo, Ricciardo on Earnhardt: I want to be F1's Intimidator, Ricciardo completes first laps for McLaren. Red Bull. The RB16B, which is based on last year's RB16, was revealed in an online launch ahead of its first track outing at a filming day on Wednesday. Sign up to the official Formula 1 store and save 10% on your first order! By the end of the 2019 season, Red Bull had cut the gap to Mercedes and was competitive but once again, at the start of the 2020 season, Red Bull was a step behind the Mercedes. Red Bull laid down a marker as championship contenders in Formula 1 pre-season testing as rivals Mercedes struggled through the three-day programme in Bahrain.. This year, however, it seems that Red Bull has built a car that would be fast from the get-go and Max Verstappen can challenge for victories from the very first race. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Closely based on the car which won the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix two months ago, the RB16B is powered by a Honda engine, in what will be the manufacturer’s final season before leaving Formula 1. It was added that Audi’s motorsport strategy for the next 10 years is in place but that “Formula 1 does not appear in it”. It is the last Red Bull to be powered by a Honda-badged engine ahead of the Japanese manufacturer's withdrawal from the sport at the end of the year, although the team has struck a deal to continue to use Honda's power unit technology under the Red Bull name beyond 2021. Once both drivers have driven the car on Wednesday it will be prepared for the three-day pre-season test that will take place in Bahrain from March 12-14. Verstappen claimed pole for F1’s 2021 season opener by 0.388-seconds and showed race-winning pace after leading the early stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix. But the running costs will not be so much higher than if we had bought an engine somewhere [else]. They have already revealed plans to establish their own engine shop at the Milton Keynes HQ, which will be called Red Bull Powertrains. Last year's RB16 won two races in the hands of Verstappen, including the season finale in Abu Dhabi, but was prone to instability in corners early in the year. Why has Hamilton only signed a one-year extension? Has Sainz made the right move joining Ferrari? We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Announcing the … When re-joining F1 as a power unit supplier with McLaren in 2015, Honda worked with what was then known as a 'size-zero' philosophy, with the design promoting improved aerodynamic styling at the rear of the car. Nonetheless, the scale of their success over the following decade was staggering. Now Audi have rejected claims that they are considering becoming involved with F1. Perez: RB signing 'a dog finding new family', Alpine reveals interim livery as part of rebrand, Team boss Abiteboul leaves Renault ahead of Alpine rebrand, Why Perez was the right choice for Red Bull, Hamilton: Perez makes Red Bull a bigger threat in 2021. Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1… Audi have denied they are harbouring any plans to enter Formula 1 in the foreseeable future. “This engine shop is technically designed in such a way that the development – provided it stays within the scope that is envisaged – for the new engine regulations could be carried out there. Red Bull have secured a deal to take over the running of Honda's engines when the Japanese firm leaves Formula 1 at the end of this year. Red Bull has revealed precisely how much it costs to keep the wheels of one of its F1 teams turning, right down to the amount it spends on buying … Home News Audi respond to Red Bull link-up rumours. Lewis Hamilton is pleased F1 fans are excited by a potential Mercedes/Red Bull title fight. Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko explained: “One of our existing buildings is being adapted into an engine shop. However, Auto Motor und Sport reported that talks had earlier been hindered by rumours that Audi were interested in becoming a Formula 1 engine manufacturer from 2025. The signs were there when Max Verstappen dominated the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December, even though Mercedes had not updated its car for a period of time. “It is a one-time investment in the building and, above all, in the test benches. Mercedes admit Red Bull have F1 title advantage in Max Verstappen boost vs Lewis Hamilton Mercedes have admitted that Red Bull currently … F1 Testing: What we learned as Red Bull hint at Mercedes 2021 battle, and McLaren continue momentum Three days of pre-season testing in Bahrain have whetted the appetite for F1 …