Red Bull is set to be the first team to reveal its new chassis for the 2022 Formula 1 season after announcing they will unveil the RB18 on Wednesday.
The RB18 will be the first Formula 1 car to carry the number ‘1’ on its nose for world champion Max Verstappen since Red Bull’s RB10 in 2014 with Sebastian Vettel. Verstappen will again be joined by Sergio Perez, in his second year as a Red Bull driver, as he seeks to defend his world drivers’ title.
Red Bull’s power unit supplier Honda originally announced plans to withdraw from the championship at the end of 2021. Red Bull is forming a new powertrains division at its Milton Keynes base to take over the maintenance of its V6 hybrid turbos. However Honda is producing a new version of its motor in time for the power unit design freeze which comes into force this season.
Red Bull will present their new car one day before Aston Martin reveal their AMR-22. McLaren will follow with their MCL36 on Friday 11th. Constructors’ champions Mercedes are to reveal the W13 on the 18th February.
There will be two pre-season tests prior to the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20th. First a three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona between Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th February and a second three day test in Bahrain the week before the first race of the year, between Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th March.
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