Red Bull will never build the RB17 for Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. In conversation with RacingNews365, team boss Christian Horner explains how that fork works.
In an exclusive conversation with RacingNews365, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirms that the team will never build a new car with the type designation RB17. Instead, the car of 2022 will be called the RB18. But why? Never before has a figure been skipped since the introduction of the RB1 in 2005.
“When it turned out for 2021 that the 2020 chassis would be carried over into the new year and the cars would hardly change, we felt that a B-spec was more appropriate than assigning a completely new name,” said the British team principal. who explains why this year’s car is not called the RB17, but not yet why next year’s car will not be called the RB17.
“After that decision, we wanted to stay in line with the number of years Red Bull has been active in Formula 1 (18 in 2022, ed.), so that’s why there will never be an RB17.”
If we are talking about the RB18 of 2022, we should of course also ask about the development of the latest battle weapon of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Especially because the RB16B of this season is also being further developed at the same time.
“I think we are currently successful in allowing those projects to co-exist. Adrian Newey (Red Bull top designer, ed.) has shifted the focus very early on to 2022. This is how you try to divide the work, so that people are currently working a lot of hours. We are trying to get the most out of the RB16B, without underestimating the challenges that come with the new year and the new regulations.”
“We have very motivated men, who are really working miracles at the moment,” concludes the proud Red Bull foreman.