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Red Bull presents first images of new car for 2022 F1 season

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Red Bull has revealed the car Max Verstappen will use to defend his world championship title in 2022.

Images of the new RB18 chassis were presented in an online event broadcast by the team as well as a group of its fans on social media. Red Bull offered up to 5,000 of their supporters the chance to stream to launch themselves.

The team indicated the model shown today, which bears a close resemblance to the show car presented by FOM last year, will look very different when they arrive in Bahrain for the season-opening round next month. “By the time we get to the first race the car is not going to look very much like this,” said team principal Christian Horner.

Verstappen has chosen to swap his regular number 33 for number one, as he is entitled to as the reigning world champion.

Honda, which designed and built the power units Red Bull will continue to use this year, are no longer identified on the car. However the RB18 will carry the logos of HRC – Honda Racing Corporation – which is supporting the new Red Bull Powertrains division in building the units for Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

The RB18 also prominently displays the logos of Oracle, which has joined as title sponsor for the new season.

The team’s new car has been built to the new technical regulations which have been introduced for the 2022 F1 season. It is the second of this year’s contenders to appear, Haas having presented the first pictures of their VF-22 last week.

Pictures: 2022 Red Bull F1 launch

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79 comments on “Red Bull presents first images of new car for 2022 F1 season”

  1. Well that was fast

    1. Kind of expected given that they were presenting the FOM car with RBR livery.

      1. Being impeded to attend testing at Montmeló, will we mere mortals only get to see the real cars before the Bahrain Exclusivity testing ?

        1. @jeff1s I believe test highlights will be posted at the end of each day, so we should be able to look at cars there. And some media/journalists might be present, so expect them to highlight anything new on cars.

      1. Eh, I don’t believe it. This car is noticeably different to the Silverstone show car. It’s clearly not just a copy they’re revealing.
        The nose, the sidepods, the rear wing, the barge board area (whatever that’s called now) are all very different to the show car.
        If people can’t see the difference they’re not looking hard enough, or don’t know what to look for.

        For sure the teams would have bought some copies of the show car to paint up but I bet these would have been used for internal events. Not to reveal as their car for the 2022 season.

        1. Apparently there are two versions of the show car. Doesn’t mean it’s true but is entirely possible. Having said that it does look very similar to the show car 8f not the same. As many others have also said incl scarbs F1

          Even the airbox inlet is the same shape as here

        2. And yet, it’s virtually identical to the car Mercedes has been teasing.

          You’ve been had. :)

        3. I didn’t want to believe it either….. but there ya go.

  2. Oracle and Red Bull.

    Perfect for each other.

    1. The Oracle of Graz talks a lot of Red Bull

    2. @fluxsource
      +1 from an Oracle Certified Professional :)

  3. Generic FOM car with RB colour scheme


    1. Yeah, we all understand the need to keep their secret as long as possible… But it kind of defies the sole purpose of these event. Why even bother ? I suppose Oracle is happy, but apart from that…

      1. Do they need another reason? :)

    2. I really don’t know what people are expecting or looking for. There are clear differences. People are going to be very disappointed if no teams have settled on a better philosophy. The dimensions of development areas and shapes required are very restricted and prescribed and teams may all just settle on the one way to get the best aero out of those areas.

      1. We’re expecting something that will resemble the actual race car.

        I understand that launch cars are not necessarily final concepts, but this is in fact, an FOM car with livery. Haas apparently has some interesting elements on theirs which aren’t FOM spec, but the Red Bull is what we’ve been seeing for over a year.

        Please point out key differences between the RB18 “reveal” and the FOM concept car(s).

  4. Fake car
    Fake launch
    Fake Champ…agne ?

    1. I guess the fake champagne was made from sour grapes :P

      1. KABOOM!!! You bombed him off the edge

      2. You’d have to ask Masi… he gifted it

      3. Well done, sir.

      4. Actually very good.

    2. It’s not fair to talk about Hamilton like that. He will prove himself this year that it was not all about the car that anyone could have won in. You will see.

  5. Typical. Sad. I miss the old days.

  6. The usual RB livery matches nicely on this FIA template. Nice job, Red Bull!

    1. Yep @becken-lima, saw people comment on half a banana at the front but honestly, with a nose like that it looks pretty good; hope it still dus under real light on the actual car otherwise we have to be really glad for all those night races I suppose.

      I prefer the openness of HAAS saying ahead of time it wasn’t the real car, but then actually showing (yes a render true, not a physical thing) an early version of their car; Red Bull seemingly talking about the car as if it is their real car is a bit silly especially because it is soo transparent (though, if that’s the real thing it would be funny right?), why not talk about the concept of the 2022+ F1 car, that way the drivers don’t have to pretend.

      1. I will be the last to claim it’s their real car (also because the boss said so).
        But it is not the FOM car either; front wing, step down to the floor, air inlets, and even camera mounts are all quite different.

        People who claim that this is the FOM car are lazier than they claim ORBR (is that what we call them no) has been ;)

        1. petebaldwin (@)
          9th February 2022, 16:55

          Yeah the Haas launch was full of people claiming it was the FOM car so it was to be expected here as well.

        2. C’mon, man… let people have some fun.

        3. jff, when FOM introduced their concept car, they produced two different versions of the car – whilst most are familiar with the version that was wheeled out onto the circuit, there was a second version which was placed within the paddock×600.jpg

          If the car that Red Bull have wheeled out here isn’t that car, it would take a lot of explaining why it is remarkably similar – the version in that link has the same three piece front wing as on the car Red Bull unveiled, the same shaped air intake, the same sidepod intake shape, that same step in the floor matches the same step in the show car version and the deflectors are the same.

          You also have the issue that, just like the show car, this car quite clearly doesn’t have any form of DRS mechanism fitted to it, even though that is required for 2022. Speaking of the front wing, the front wing on the show car in the above link and the front wing on this car that Red Bull have revealed are not only the same in shape, they are both based on the same draft version of the 2022 regulations that was made obsolete several months ago by subsequent changes and would now be illegal under the revised regulations.

          Either we have to conclude that Red Bull have somehow managed to get their design process for their 2022 car so badly wrong that they have just shown us a car that doesn’t actually comply with the 2022 regulations, or they’ve just painted the show car in their 2022 livery and used the event to promote their new sponsorship deal. Since the former is rather unlikely, I would say the evidence rather more strongly points to the latter.

          1. Interesting insight that it’s not complying with the 2022 rules.

            PS also to this image there are some changes, albeit a lot less; thus not totally lazy ;)

  7. “Hey, look! Our 2022 car! Except… it’s not our 2022 car, we’re just yanking your chain.”


  8. For the first time since 2014 the reigning world champion will be on the grid. It’s been a long time.

    1. ??
      or are you merely referring to the #1?

      1. ofcourse he did……

  9. Tiny little HRC logo on the engine cover lol

  10. Pretty much what I expected. I also predicted the red-colored Red Bull text on both wings a la 2016 & ’17 since Honda’s withdrawal became official. Equally Red Bull Powertrains logo on the PU cover, but Red Bull text nevertheless & no Honda text or logo anywhere even if the HRC logo is an indirect or slightly hidden reference.

  11. So RB built a physical model of the FIA show car to present their livery? There must be more to that than that.

    1. @zomtec No, they stole the model from Haas, and will then drive it up the road to Silverstone for Aston Martin tomorrow ;-P

    2. There is more to it, look with your eyes and match up the model from Silverstone to this reveal. Similar, yes, same, no.

    3. @zomtec it’s been confirmed that FOM built several show cars that they were then selling to the teams for the right to use those cars in promotional material, and that Red Bull is understood to have bought multiple cars for that exact purpose.

      Red Bull therefore will not have needed to build the car themselves – this will have been built by FOM for Red Bull for promotional purposes.

      1. If you can drive them they have a good chance!

      2. Yeah…except this clearly isn’t the FOM show car.

        1. Hosford90, I have already explained previously that this car has been clearly identified as the show car because this car, just like the show car, complies with the draft regulation package that existed back in June 2021, but does not comply with the regulations now.

          If it is not the show car, then please explain why Red Bull would show a launch car that so many have been able to look at and say “that clearly doesn’t comply with the current regulations”?

    4. There are two show cars (at least) out there, and supposedly, FOM sold a few dummy chassis to various teams. This is clearly the same car that Mercedes is teasing, and matches the *second* of the FOM show cars.

      Scarbs has a fairly scathing “review” of the revealed RB18 on his twitter.

      1. While Scarbs is good he seems to miss on the Haas the front suppension which is edited on the foto. I think i wait untill that Mercedes Aero guy gives his view of the car. I noticed the animation parts were different then the car on the floor/pictures.
        So this could be RB first attempt on the now not current regulations and made this their livery showmodel.

        Or they are going to ignore the current regulations..

  12. Scrap all these launches. Do a single televised event on the eve of the first test session with the teams revealing their new car, in test-spec and livery. Simple. But that requires 10 teams working together…never going to happen.

    1. @tsgoodchild would be good to at least work with 5 dates, reverse from last year’s WCC ranking. Kind of the prefight face-offs for boxing or MMA.
      Imagine the banter aand quips between Steiner and Capito, Brown and Binotto, but especially between Horner and Wolff!

      1. 100% – I am so amazed there isn’t a pre-season show of sorts. It has everything a US-owned F1 would clamour over…!

  13. That was… underwhelming.

    I was so hoping for something different this time. Those of you who saw my comment on the RB thread yesterday would know that. Those of you saw both my comments about the RB on the Haas thread yesterday would also know I was extremely tired :-P

    They have all this design team (and their livery team is excellent, look no further than their camo liveries or the Turkey livery last season), but this is pretty much exactly the same colour scheme they’ve had since 2016. And iconic as it is, it does get boring after a while. Come on RB, even Ferrari have made more major changes to their livery than you have since 2016. And they were just different types of red!

    I don’t like the number 1 on the nose. Not because I don’t like the idea of Verstappen being champion, I think I personally feel fine about that now, and I’d much rather see positive change made for the future than retrospective change made to last season (partly because I know the latter will almost never happen).

    No, I just don’t like it because it just looks cartoonish and amateur in my opinion. It’s big, chunky and kinda looks out of place. I much prefer the thinner, sleeker, numbers RB have used in recent years. I know it’s difficult to fill the space with the number “1”, after all, it’s a thin line with a couple of shorter lines coming out of it at each end (and is almost the polar opposite to 33, as a formation of shapes), but I feel RB could have come up with a better alternative to this.

    1. Why they chose not to put the “1” on the yellow spot is beyond me. Like seriously?

    2. Oh, you willl be so bored with the Ferrari launch then!

      1. @omarr-pepper The Ferrari launch never usually excites me anyway to be honest. “Oh… it’s red”. Not expecting anything from them. With RB, I was at least hoping (if not expecting) something different

        1. I take your point about something different, but I wonder if this was not the season to do that while they ride on the coat tails of Max being reigning WDC, and would rather have some memory recognition carrying over from last season, or what have you. Just speculating of course. I did wonder in the initial parts of the reveal when they were showing people’s texts flashing by around the car, and it looked more like an Alpine blue, if that was what they were going with, similar to the colour on a Red Bull can.

        2. RandomMallard,
          I think you are more used to this decade boring online launches that serve almost to nothing apart from displaying the livery and sponsors. I’ve grown up watching those mega launch events on the Italian channel where the actual car was presented by all the senior staff of the dream team : Montezemolo, Todt, Brawn, Martinelli… I still remember for example watching the 1999 car driven by Schumacher to the Rai studio which was fantastic :

  14. Wow, those sidepods are too beautiful to be real. We haven’t seen such regularly-shaped sidepods in more than a decade. Very similar looking to IndyCar’s Dallara as well.
    It’s a very pretty car I gotta say.

    And I simply love how FIA was — FINALLY, AFTER A DOZEN OF TRIES !!! — able to regulate the shape of the nose, so it has a nice un-broken line from the tip to the driver’s cockpit, without creating a loophole for the teams to come up with some hideous aborted-walrus-fallus shape as has been the case so many times in the last 15 years.

  15. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
    9th February 2022, 17:19

    Red Bull presents first images of a new car that will not be for the 2022 F1 season!

  16. I’m disappointed that just as we’ve moved to a larger diameter wheel, they are obscuring it with an ugly cover/duct. I suppose this is going to be standard across the board?

    1. Yeah my understanding is they are there as just one of several measures primarily to help reduce the amount of wake behind the cars ie. dirty air.

    2. It’s mandatory in the new rules.

  17. Yup, all these launches will be a waste of time, televised practice awaits.

  18. Looks like Horner is impersonating Steve Jobs.

  19. It is the show car. Nowadays when almost anyone can go to the internet and share anything. F1 teams don’t want to risk anything. Rewind 20 years and we would see the actual cars shown by the press and on news. F1 need to rethink these car launches because they are basically now livery launches.

  20. Here’s a look at our new design. The car we race won’t look like this design. Neither will that be the final design. But the logos designs are real. For now.

  21. The cars need a shorter wheel base. Beautiful looking car just really wish they’d go smaller

    1. It’s the engines, once they get rid of the MGU in 2026 it should be smaller.

      1. MGU-H barely adds any length to the engine, as most of the teams have it located in the V.

        The engine will be smaller, but the cars won’t. Still gotta have 110KG of fuel in a tank, still gotta have the battery store, and I’m sure if some team has the audacity to shrink or otherwise innovate their ES, the FIA will outlaw it.

        1. And the Honda was already the smallest engine so i don’t think that is the big problem but your right i htink it’s the battery who takes the most room.

  22. So these are all just livery launches. Either way it will like nice!

  23. I’m not really sure what people are expecting to see with regards to all the comments about it just being a livery, or the same as the silverstone show car. That’s what the cars will generally look like… If there is any crazy designs they’ve come up with of course they’re not going to show them now, they’ll run it in a base configuration in testing for a base line and use the crazy parts for a few runs for comparison. Then they’ll decide what to take to race 1 afterwards.

    If I was HAAS I would be quite happy seeing this. They’ve got the same maximum width sidepods, just a different inlet size. Same nose configuration. Some differences on the wing and front wing endplates. The philosophy seems the same in general.

    Can’t wait to see someone with more expertise really pick it apart, but as it is, doesn’t look like there’s anything standing out. P.S Newey’s high rake is finally gone. Ground effects be like that…

    1. There are significant difference between what Haas is showing (an early design based on the 2022 rules), and what Red Bull is showing (the FOM design with no DRS, no wheel covers, fake suspension, and outdated aero regs).

      I predict not a single team will have the smooth flowing rear wing that the RB18 is “sporting”.

      1. I am sure the rear wings will look all the same as it’s locked into the regulations.

  24. @skipgamer some of it is that but it’s also due to teams running a spacer between the engine & gearbox to extend the length of the back rear floor/bodywork for aero benefits.

    I think Craig Scarborough last year posted some images on twitter showing this and suggesting teams were adding 20-30cm to the rear of the cars with those spacers.

    1. That was meant as a reply to the comment about the length of modern cars.

      1. Here is one of his comments on it. If you look at the drawing, You have the clutch on the back of the engine & then most of the gap between that and the gear cluster is simply there to extend the wheelbase.

        Scarbs says that most of the gearbox housing is just used for that purpose.

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