Motorsport Week  |    |   0  |  19 February 2018

Red Bull unveils RB14 in interim livery

Red Bull Racing has unveiled its RB14, the car with which it hopes to resurface as a Formula 1 title contender off the back of its late 2017 surge.

The RB14 was displayed to the world in an interim livery, with the final scheme set to be unveiled next week at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, when pre-season testing begins.

Daniel Ricciardo, though, will debut the RB14 on track later on Monday, with Red Bull opting to carry out a filming day at Silverstone.

As per regulations, teams are permitted two filming days each year, at which running is restricted to 100km on Pirelli's promotional tyres.

Red Bull emerged as Formula 1’s leading operation between 2010 and 2013, but has failed to reach such heights since, through a combination of chassis and engine setbacks.

Red Bull hoped that overhauled technical regulations for 2017 would thrust it back into contention for overall honours, but early correlation issues hampered its prospects.

The operation regularly qualified substantially adrift of title challengers Mercedes and Ferrari, but comfortably clear of the chasing pack, and picked up a victory in the dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Despite year-long reliability woes, with Ricciardo and Max Verstappen failing to reach the chequered flag 13 times, matters improved after the summer break.

Verstappen took dominant victories in Malaysia and Japan, laying down his intentions for 2018, and also signed a long-term contract, tying him to the team for the next few years.

Ricciardo, meanwhile, is entering the final year of his current deal, having graduated to the senior squad from Toro Rosso in 2014.

The early launch of the RB14 marks a change in tact compared to previous years, when Red Bull carried out a relatively late unveiling, as it pushed time constraints to the limit.

Red Bull will again be supplied by Renault power units, once more under the TAG Heuer branding, and has picked up title sponsorship from Aston Martin, strengthening a relationship which has grown in recent years.

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