The first details of Red Bull and Ferrari’s 2023 Formula 1 cars have been reported, giving an insight into how the challengers may take shape in this year.
Red Bull enters the season looking to defend both championships, which it took in dominant style in 2022.
The Milton Keynes-based squad has not yet stated when it will launch its 2023 car, which is set to be named the RB19.
However, Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport states that the car will be 3kg lighter compared to its predecessor.
Weight was an issue at the start of the 2022 season for a number of teams, including Red Bull, amid the introduction of new technical regulations.
But the report says: “The gearbox, thanks to a different placement of the suspension elements, will present a lower narrowing, increasing the section of the Venturi channels.
It adds: “The layout of the sides will maintain strong points of contact with the 2022 car, but will be characterised by a refinement of the ‘double bottom’.”
Ferrari, meanwhile, is aiming to have a stronger 2023 campaign after its early-season title hopes were washed away last year.
The team has had a managerial change, with Frederic Vasseur taking over at the helm following the resignation of Mattia Binotto.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Ferrari’s upcoming car, which does not yet have a name, will be narrower due to an “aerodynamic concept that will be largely different”.
However, it asserts that the car will be an evolution rather than a revolution of the F1-75.
In addition, it is believed that there will be a new gearbox that will “be more capable of increasing the competitiveness of the car”, with another 30 horsepower available from the Power Unit.
Ferrari will launch its car on February 14.