One for is for sure about Red Bull's new 2024 Formula 1 car, the RB20.
It will carry the colours of the Red Bull livery that have become iconic, the cars will have #1 and #11 stickers on them and anything less than retaining the championship titles will be seen as a failure.
Red Bull is yet to officially announce its launch plans, but the RB20 will be seen at the very latest by February 21st when it hits the track for testing in Bahrain.
In 2023, the RB19 was 'launched' but this was a smoke and mirrors affair whereby the 2023 livery was stuck onto the show car, but in the end, the RB19 was a gradual evolution of the '22 RB18 machine that wrestled both titles from Mercedes.
While the RB18 and RB19 looked very similar, back at Milton Keynes, the team had been busy putting the former on a strict diet to shed the kilos having been overweight for a majority of the 2022 season.
Given the fact that Mercedes and Ferrari both fumbled in 2023, it was clear early on that Red Bull would win both titles and so the development taps on the RB19 were turned off quite early, with the full weight of Red Bull thrown into the RB20.
This is crucial as over the lifespan of technical regulations, the laws of diminishing returns states that Red Bull will eventually hit a development block while the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari enjoy greater performance boosts.
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What do Red Bull say?
"It will come as no surprise if I tell you that the new car will be an evolution of the current car," explained chief engineer Paul Monaghan.
"It would be foolhardy to throw away this concept, but at the same time we have to make progress. We need to be able to find lap time. The competition is right on our heels and if they take a step, we have to take a bigger step.
"In the RB20, the lessons we learned from the current car will come back, as will the good aspects. Then in Bahrain next year we will see if we have done well enough."
Where can Red Bull improve?
RacingNews365 technical analyst Paolo Filisetti believes any performance finds will come from the Venturi channels under the car that are vital to successfully sealing the floor and generating ground effects.
Red Bull is believed to have such upgrades in the pipeline for some time, with no immediate rush to bring them to the car.
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