Red Bull has launched the car that Max Verstappen will use to defend his Formula One world championship with this year.
The new RB18 has been built to F1’s overhauled regulations for 2022 and, as a result, is a significant departure from Verstappen’s championship winning RB16B of 2021.
Although it is not yet clear where Red Bull will stack up against its opposition, with one of the most successful aerodynamic departments in F1 behind the design, the RB18 is likely to become a reference point for rival teams as they hone their cars under the new rules.
The Red Bull RB18 will be powered by an updated version of the Honda engine that took Verstappen to the title last year, but it has now been rebadged under the “Red Bull Powertrains” name following Honda’s departure from F1.
Red Bull have added American company Oracle as a title partner, meaning the team will be known officially as Oracle Red Bull Racing.
Verstappen will continue to be partnered by Mexican Sergio Perez this year, who hopes to challenge his teammate for the title this season after being comprehensively outperformed in 2021.