Daniel Ricciardo certainly capitalised on home advantage last weekend, as he took his Red Bull RB12 to fourth position. However, being in Australia had no bearing on the power output of the TAG Heuer branded Renault powertrain, as Ricciardo was seemingly able to compete on the straights – something the team have been unable to do in this era of the sport.
Having finished just 24 seconds off the lead despite being on a decidedly compromised strategy, Red Bull seem set for a stronger 2016 campaign.
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The first pre-season test came to a close on Thursday and early assertions in regards to the probable pecking order are being established. While the ultimate performance of many packages is yet unclear, Mercedes seem in good stead to enter Melbourne with the strongest package after bullet-proof reliability saw them complete an astonishing 675 laps over four days.
There incredible start to 2016 with the W07 has led Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to concede that they are already out of reach – at least in the opening rounds of the season.
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Red Bull have become the second team to showcase the work of their graphic designers this winter, revealing the livery for the RB12 – their 2016 challenger – at an event in London this evening. With Infiniti having departed and taken their purple paint with them, this year’s Red Bull looks decidedly different compared with its predecessors.