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Horner: 2022 is a race of development between first and last race

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talk on stage during the Red Bull Racing RB18 launch at Red Bull Racing Factory on January 26, 2022 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images). Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Christian Horner admits that the new Formula 1 cars will be upgraded a lot in the upcoming season.

Red Bull Racing has presented their new car, the RB18, this Wednesday. The car looks dramatically different from its predecessor because of the introduction of the new technical regulations. Horner has spoken about how the changes affected the teams.

“With the new regulation changes this year, the whole philosophy has altered from last year, which means every single component is different to last year’s car. It’s a clean sheet of paper for every single team,” the Red Bull team principal said during the online reveal of the RB18.

The new rules provide a lot of opportunities for upgrades. Horner confirms that the RB18 will look different at the season-opener in Bahrain.

“By the time we get to the first race, the RB18 won’t look much like it looks today, the evolution will be very quick as we progress through the season. It is a steep learning curve for everyone and it is a race of development between the first race and the last race.”

Horner admits that he is optimistic about the new car: “We believe we have a good car for 2022, the RB18 is coming to life and seeing it today is fantastic. It has been a huge effort from the team and I am looking forward to seeing it out on the track now.

“We plan to build on 2021, we have number one on the car this year and now the challenge is it keep it and defend that title with Max. The excitement and hard work of 2021 really galvanized the team and it means we go into 2022 in great shape for the season ahead.”

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