Red Bull has launched its 2018 challenger in the form of the RB14 which features a striking new black and blue livery.
The RB14 is the first of Red Bull and Aston Martin’s new partnership as the British car manufacturer becomes title sponsor for the 2018 season.
The car will be driven by Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo as they both hope to mount their first proper title challenge and Red Bull’s first since 2013.
In a press release, Red Bull did, however, state that new current livery will not stay at the race livery will be revealed at pre-season testing. They also stressed that one of the biggest struggles has been installing the halo with kind of forces it needs to withstand.
“The RB14 is currently wearing a special edition livery.” the team said.
“We’re keeping our race-ready paint job under wraps for the time being and will unveil it at the Circuit de Catalunya next week. The unfamiliar shapes under the paint, however, are here to stay.
“Installing the Halo has been a challenge, mostly in terms of building a chassis strong enough to accommodate it and pass a brutal homologation test.”
They went on to talk about bucking their own trend of releasing as late as possible to allow maximum development time before the first run in.
“The pattern of the last few years has been to launch ‘aggressively late’. This has allowed the design department the maximum amount of time to add goodness to the car before the cut-off point at which the design is frozen and a launch car produced. It’s been not uncommon to have the car finished, fired up for the first time and shipped to Spain for the start of testing all on the same day.
“It serves a purpose – but you wouldn’t do it if you didn’t have to, and this year we didn’t have to. It’s preferable to finish the car early and deal with any snags now, when the car is on a track a short drive from the factory, rather than using up one of our eight ultra-precious test days doing the same at the Circuit de Catalunya.”
The RB14 will first run at a filming day at Silverstone with Ricciardo behind the wheel.
See more images of the RB14 here.