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Country of origin:Austria
Produced in:2022
Predecessor:Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda
Successor:Red Bull Racing RB19 RBPT Honda
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 25, 2022
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAfter a very close battle, Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen won the 2021 World Drivers' Championship, breaking a seven-year Mercedes-Benz stronghold. For the Milton Keynes based team there was little time to celebrate as a brand new set of regulations came into effect at the start of the 2022 season.

The most crucial changes focus on aerodynamics with the regulations banning complex devices like the barge boards and reintroducing ground-effect tunnels. The reasoning behind this was to make it easier to closely follow the car ahead and then make a pass. Lead by Adrian Newey, the Red Bull Racing engineers developed the RB18 to meet these revised regulations.

In modern Formula 1 design, aerodynamics is crucial to the extent that they even dictate the design of the mechanical components. This prompted Red Bull Racing to revert to pull-rod rear suspension from the previous generation of cars; a solution then followed by all other teams. To get a clean airflow through the new ground-effect tunnels, Newey opted to switch things around and run pull-rods at the front and push-rods at the back for the RB18.

The packaging of the cooling elements was also changed to allow for a remarkable 'undercut' beneath the side-pods, which featured relatively small radiator openings. This was done to allow air to flow around the car back to the new aerodynamic elements attached to the rear of the floor. To ensure the engine did get enough cooling, a larger intake was fitted behind the driver.

Before the successful 2021 campaign, engine supplier Honda announced the company would withdraw from the sport at the end of the season. To ensure a steady engine supply, Honda and Red Bull Racing have set up a new partnership that will allow the Austrian team to continue running the Japanese power unit but under their own name. A freeze in the engine regulations will ensure that the hybrid-V6s will remain competitive for several more years.

The radical RB18 broke cover at the first of two official tests, at Barcelona, and will be raced by defending World Champion Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

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  Article Image gallery (8) Specifications