With the new rules for this season putting an extra emphasis on aerodynamics – where Adrian Newey-led design team excelled during its dominant years – Red Bull has been widely tipped for a return to championship contention in 2017.
Unlike the other large teams, Red Bull Racing opted over a formal launch event and simply released images of the RB13 online.
The car features the shark fine and the thumb nose tip seen in most of 2017 cars so far.
Daniel Ricciardo believes the regulations overhaul has already achieved one aim by making the race cars look more imposing.
“It looks quite beautiful,” he said of the new Red Bull after seeing early images of it. “It definitely looks sleek. They look like the fastest cars in the world. That was the impression I got.”
Max Verstappen echoed his team-mate’s view.
“The car looks very aggressive,” he said. “Hopefully when it looks that aggressive it will be fast, but we still have to wait and see.”
The RB13 certainly looks beautiful. Hopefully it can challenge the mighty Mercedes for championship honours.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 26, 2017