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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 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021 by Sergio Pérez at Baku City Circuit on the 6th of June 2021. Pérez took his first victory as a Red Bull driver, surviving a late-race battle with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, after a late red flag restart, brought about by a dramatic puncture that deprived Max Verstappen of an almost certain victory. After a frenzied qualifying session that saw the red flag waved four times across the three periods, a joint record, the team lined up with Verstappen third and Pérez in seventh. A fantastic start by Pérez saw him quickly pass Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly into P4. Over the following laps, Hamilton, Verstappen and Pérez all overtook the polesitter Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari, before the first round of pit stops began. A swift pit stop saw Verstappen pass Hamilton, whilst Pérez posted in the fastest lap of the race so far and, despite suffering a slow four second pit stop, still emerged ahead of the Mercedes in P2. The race then settled and, for the next 15 laps at least, Verstappen steadily built up a small gap in the lead whilst Pérez maintained his distance ahead of Hamilton. On lap 30 though, the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll suffered a rear left puncture, catapulting his car into the wall, necessitating a safety car period. The restart went smoothly for the Red Bulls, though Hamilton remained on their tails. The team was five laps from its first 1-2 victory since 2016 until, on lap 46, lightning struck twice. Verstappen’s rear left tyre failed and his car was pitched into the wall, scattering pieces of debris across the track. The race was quickly red flagged. After a thirty-five-minute delay, the race resumed from a standing start. At the restart, Hamilton made the best start from P2 but in his eagerness, locked up his tyres on the approach to the first corner and slid down the escape road. Pérez would finally seal his maiden Red Bull victory two laps later.
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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