12 February 2020
The Red Bull RB16
The new Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 is running today, in the hands of Max Verstappen at Silverstone. The car, produced by the same basic crew as the RB15, is a development of the 2019 car.
“We’ve got stability in the regulations for the first time in five or six years, and that gives us a real opportunity to take the fight to our rivals,” said team principal Christian Horner. “All the lessons we learned last year have been carried over from RB15 to RB16. We also have stability in the team and alongside the momentum we built over the second half of last year we’re in a very good place to mount a strong challenge this year.”
Last year, the first in alliance with Honda, produced three wins and the team is hoping to do more this year.
“A big factor to enable us to mount a title challenge is the power unit,” Horner said. “In Honda we have an intensely motivated and competitive partner. They did a great job in 2019 and each iteration of the power unit brought more performance and more power. It feels like we’re getting closer to our main rivals. We’ve been working very closely with them in integration and they share our motivation and desire to win. They really want to build on the successes of last year and they’re focused on making that next step. I feel that with our drivers, the technical team at our factory in Milton Keynes, our record-breaking pit crew and the intense competitiveness of Honda we are in the best shape we have been in some time.
“Time will tell, of course, but I have every confidence that we can challenge for the big prizes in 2020.”