Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B - 2021 Monaco Grand Prix - Verstappen
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The car looking to deliver a first championship since 2013, the Red Bull Racing Honda RB16B is an evolution of the double race winning RB16 of the 2020 season. Piloted by Dutch favourite Max Verstappen, in his sixth year at the team, and Mexican Sergio Pérez, joining from Racing Point, the RB16B is already proving its mettle, bringing the fight to the hybrid-era dominating Mercedes team. Ten races into the season, Red Bull are leading both Championships and have taken more race wins and pole positions than their rivals, inviting claims that the 2021 season will have the closest title fight for over a decade.
The RB16B is based on the same chassis as the 2020 car, as dictated by the 2021 regulations after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted teams to agree to a series of cost-reducing measures, including a postponement of the new regulations and a majority freeze of the current rules. However, though the car may share its name and under-structure with the previous season’s car, the team have made general refinements in every component. Aerodynamic improvements on the nose are visible, there are new brake ducts for the front discs, and the bargeboards undergone further development. The car’s floor shrinks by about 100mm towards the rear, as per the regulations. Much of the interest about the Red Bull is about the rear of the car, with the team having spent its two development tokens on making adjustments to its gearbox carrier and rear suspension. These changes are clearly to do with improving the car’s aerodynamics at the rear end, something of particular importance with the regulation changes made to reduce downforce. The first (and perhaps the only) major difference that can be seen with the naked eye on the rear wing, is a new single central pylon support. The 2020 RB16 broke Red Bull tradition with a double-supported rear wing, but on the RB16B the team has returned to the more familiar concept.
The real beating heart of the RB16B is the 2021 power unit: the Honda RA621H. After their announcement that they will be leaving Formula 1 at the end of the season, the Japanese manufacturer implemented all of their scheduled 2022 changes into the 2021 power unit in an attempt to equalise the performance of its currently unsurpassed Mercedes competitor. Some features of the RA621H include a notably more compact camshaft layout that is placed lower, a different valve angle and shorter cylinder bore spacing than its predecessor, effectively creating a significantly smaller engine with a lower centre of gravity. Red Bull will manage their own engine development from 2022 within a new “Red Bull Powertrain” department.
After the British Grand Prix on the 18th of July, the RB16B has already earned six wins, four further podiums, four pole positions and five fastest laps. Red Bull currently lead the Constructors’ Championship by four points. Max Verstappen leads the Drivers’ Championship by eight points, whilst Sergio Pérez is currently fifth.
This fine 1:8 scale model of the Red Bull Racing RB16B is as raced at the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2021 by Max Verstappen at Circuit de Monaco on the 23rd of May 2021. Max Verstappen secured his first ever victory in Monaco and, in the process, also claimed the lead of the Drivers’ Championship for the first time in his career. Pérez came home fourth after an impressive performance at a track that is notorious for its overtake difficulty. After a qualifying session that was brought to an abrupt halt by a red flag, caused by a crash by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Verstappen lined up behind the Monégasque in P2 and Pérez started P9. However, Leclerc‘s visit to the wall would have repercussions on race day as, on his lap to the grid, he reported a terminal issue quickly returned to the pit lane, effectively handing pole position to Verstappen, albeit on the dirtier side of the grid. The Dutchman started perfectly, holding off an attack from the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, whilst Pérez moved up a position in eighth. By the end of an uneventful first stint, Verstappen had built a lead of over five seconds, before making his first and only stop, re-joining in second just behind his teammate. Pérez, making the most of the clear air, put in a couple of superb in-laps before pitting, emerging in fourth position, overtaking Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton. From there, the race became one of precise management. Pérez reeled in the third placed McLaren of Lando Norris, but was unable to pass in Monaco’s famously unforgiving streets. Verstappen, meanwhile, slowly increased his lead over Carlos Sainz in second, eventually clinching his twelfth career victory almost nine seconds ahead of the Ferrari.
This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Red Bull Racing Honda regarding original CAD data, finishes and paint codes. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
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