RB presents the VCARB 01 racer

The rebranded RB team presented their 2024 Formula 1 racing car at a special launch event on the Las Vegas Boulevard.

It follows a significant change for the Faenza-based outfit, featuring a new team principal and new identity for the upcoming season.

The blue, black and white challenger brings back familiar colours as seen in Toro Rosso era and yet features new title sponsors Visa and Cash App.

On the technical side, the VCARB 01 has some interesting changes that have brought it closer to sister team Red Bull’s concept, having been open about there being closer collaboration for this year.

After opting to run Red Bull-designed rear suspension from last year’s Singapore Grand Prix, RB has now also switched to a pull-rod front suspension layout for this season.

This brings it fully in line with the configuration that Red Bull Racing has put to good use in Formula 1 after winning both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles under the new ground effect rules.

It has a new management structure, with CEO Peter Bayer and team principal Laurent Mekies running the operation.

The driver line up remains the same, with Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda on duty, and as they hope to improve on the eighth-place finish that the outfit managed in last year’s constructors’ championship.

Speaking at the end of last season, Ricciardo felt that the changes at the team had moved RB away from being viewed as simply a place for Red Bull to develop young drivers.

“I feel like we’re going in the right direction,” said Ricciardo. “And honestly, everything I fed back to the team, I feel like they’ve actioned or done their best to make it happen or make it work.

“So honestly I can’t ask for too much more at the moment. It’s obviously now just how quickly can we get new parts on the car, and this and that.

“I would say, I don’t want to be like patronising, but their heads are in the right place. I feel like we’re all kind of meeting in the right place and looking ahead. I think they value the experience I have, and I think that’s really important kind of moving forward, and they’re motivated.

“I feel like this is not a junior team anymore.”

Hopefully this car can regular finish in the points and the new colours scheme is certainly refreshing after a series of black, carbon fibre liveries from the other cars revealed so far.

3 thoughts to “RB presents the VCARB 01 racer”

  1. Daniel Ricciardo says the rebranded RB team have a “point to prove” and that top-five finishes should be the target in the upcoming 2024 Formula 1 season.

    The Italian team, previously know as AlphaTauri, revealed their new machine – the VCARB 01 – at a glittering launch event in Las Vegas on Thursday night, the squad revealing a sparkling blue and white livery.

    “There are a lot of new personnel, some big partners coming onboard,” Ricciardo told F1.com. “The team has always taken itself seriously, but I feel like this is another step up. It’s no longer just a platform for Red Bull Racing, it’s a time for us to fight at the front of the midfield.

    “I like what’s happened, the changes that have taken place. There’s something about the team, the mindset is a bit different, kind of like a point to prove. It’s cool. It’s fun.”


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