Red Bull have released details of the car they'll be using for the 2016 Formula One championship, the RB12.
As shared by the team's official Twitter account, the colour scheme has slightly changed, with Red Bull opting to introduce a darker and less vibrant shade of blue:
Red Bull Racing @redbullracing
The #RB12! Ready to take on the charge. More 📷👉https://t.co/WVqosARgF6 #F1 https://t.co/44AtTHAF6c2/22/2016, 6:33:30 AM
Per Red Bull's official website, a new power-unit partner, TAG Heuer, was also introduced.
The new colour scheme was officially introduced on Wednesday, but Red Bull used an old car, likely in an attempt to keep their rivals from learning any secrets about the new design, per Sky Sports' William Esler.
No official details were expected to be revealed before the start of pre-season testing on Monday, but Red Bull instead decided to give their fans a glimpse of the car they'll be using in Barcelona.
Per team principal Chris Horner, Red Bull will enter pre-season testing with far greater expectations than last year:
Obviously the late engine decision last year was a challenge but we found a solution in time and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to recover over the winter. Therefore, we're looking to build on the significant progress we made in the second half of 2015 and to carry that momentum into the early races of this season.
My hopes for this season are that we genuinely make progress from where we were last year; that we get our heads down and we really develop the car well and hopefully with some performance coming on the power unit side as well that will allow us to get closer to some of our immediate rivals.
Chief engineering officer Rob Marshall expects the car to contend with the best of them and is hoping for some wins, while chief technical officer Adrian Newey was a little more cautious, as he told Red Bull's official website the current stable regulations are making it "difficult to find any major new areas to exploit."
Like last year's car, the RB12 will be fitted with Renault engines, but TAG Heuer will provide the power units for the 2016 season. Daniel Ricciardo will take the RB12 to the track for the first time in Barcelona on Monday.