Red Bull Racing have unveiled its 2016 livery at an event in London on Wednesday, ahead of its RB12 rolling out at pre-season testing in Barcelona on Monday.
Their 2016 challenger includes no Infiniti branding after the Japanese firm ended its sponsorship deal with the Milton Keynes outfit last season, the first Red Bull car without Infiniti branding since 2011. With former McLaren-Honda sponsor TAG Heuer coming on board to badge the team’s Renault engines.
“It is great to unveil a new livery with a new partnership and we have some exciting new brands on the car this year, Puma, TAG-Heuer and some other exciting ones in the pipeline,” said team boss Christian Horner. “It feels like a new era for the team with a sharp new livery. It is going to be distinctive and stand out on track.”
Instead of its traditional blue base colour, Red Bull have opted for a darker matte paint scheme, replacing the Infiniti branding on the sidepod with bold red lettering.
“The new livery looks good, the car looks amazing,” said Daniel Ricciardo. “Obviously for us as drivers we’re more concerned about how it performs on track, but as long as it looks good that’s important as well.
“It looks good, the kit is cool – we got the whole stampede camo look, which is pretty funky. Hopefully it means some good results for 2016.”
“We decided that with a clean sheet of paper to go with something a bit more innovative, aggressive, that will stand out in the crowd and stand out in a few more drivers’ mirrors,” added Horner. “It looks right and things that tend to look right, go right.”
The team’s 2015 driver Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat form an unchanged driver line-up for the 2016 season with their chassis planned to be revealed in the Barcelona pit lane on Monday morning.