Red Bull Racing announced plans to significantly upgrade their RB19 for the 2024 Formula 1 season. This move comes after a historically dominant 2023 season, with the team aiming to “Make It Even Stronger” in the face of stable regulations and increasing competition.
- Dominant 2023 Campaign: Despite their overwhelming success in 2023, winning nearly every race and clinching both the constructors’ and drivers’ championships, Red Bull Racing isn’t resting. They are looking to capitalize on their momentum by improving the already dominant RB19 for the 2024 season.
- RB20 – A New Design Evolution: Red Bull Racing halted development on the RB19 early in the season to concentrate on the RB20, signaling a significant design and aesthetic change. This evolution underscores the team’s commitment to staying ahead in the competitive F1 landscape.
- Stable Regulations and Rivalry: With no major rule changes expected in 2024, team principal Christian Horner anticipates the competition to intensify. Red Bull’s strategy is to enhance every aspect of the RB19, maintaining their edge in a fiercely competitive environment.
Red Bull Racing’s 2023 season was a spectacle of sheer performance and dominance, with the team and Max Verstappen setting records that will likely stand the test of time. Despite their success, both Verstappen and Horner acknowledge that there is still room for improvement in the RB19, particularly in areas like downshifts.
At the FIA Prize Gala in Baku, Verstappen stated, “I don’t think you can talk about percentages or whatever, but there are always things that we can do better. We know that the car has been very, very dominant, but we’ve also seen a few weaknesses in the car where I think we can do better. And that’s what we’re working on for next year.”
Christian Horner, reflecting on the stable regulations, commented, “I think with stable regulations, we know that the field will converge. We’ve seen that at different points during the past year. So for us, we have to improve and we have to keep evolving. I think all aspects of RB19 are being looked at to evolve into RB20, and hopefully make it even stronger because I’m sure that’s what our competitors will be looking to do.”
The philosophy at Red Bull Racing transcends mere numbers. While replicating the number of victories from 2023 might be challenging, the focus remains on consistent development and competitiveness for championships. The team’s goal is not just to outdo their past achievements, but to ensure they finish ahead, even if by a single point, maintaining their position at the pinnacle of Formula 1 racing.