Defending Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen put the Red Bull’s all-new RB18 car through its paces at a pre-season test in Spain.
The 2022 season features the most extensive set of regulation changes ever seen in the sport.
Max Verstappen hits the track
The clean-sheet approach to the Formula technical regulations have resulted in a radically different look for the RB18.
Verstappen has brought the champion’s number one to a car for the first time in F1 since 2014.
He launched the Team’s 2022 campaign with a marathon workout at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya that totalled 147 laps of the 4.655 kilometre track.
Verstappen hopes the car has a pace that will allow his to defend his WDC crown.
And commenting on a day on which he completed almost two-and-a-half Spanish Grand Prix race distances Max said: “I think the car looks good but the most important thing is that it is fast, and that’s what we are trying to see. We wanted to get laps in today to get used to the car and to get a general understanding about how it’s behaving. As well as that, we needed the mileage to see how the parts held up. Everything worked pretty well, so it was a good start and a positive day. Tonight, we will look into things in more detail and see what we need to do to improve. Checo will drive tomorrow and then I am looking forward to getting back in the RB18 on Friday.”
Horner excited for new era
Team Principal Christian Horner said: “It was a very short off-season, but it’s great to be back at the track and see the number one on the car, it’s been a long time since it’s been on an F1 car and our target this year is to keep it there. We are excited to get this new era of the sport underway and see the car run on track in anger for the first time.
“With such a big regulation change it’s even more fascinating this year. We’ve got a great Team and we’re fully motivated coming into this season. Max felt the car was good to drive, so it was a positive first morning. It is going to be a good year for Checo, now he is in his second year with us more familiar with the Team.”