The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team has revealed its 2018 season challenger, the RB14, bedecked with a splendid new ‘special edition’ livery.
Sadly for fans, however, the paint scheme will only be temporary. It is ostensibly designed to stop – or at least delay – rival teams from copying some of the RB14’s design features.
The team will revert to its more traditional livery scheme by the time pre-season testing starts, although it will briefly have some track time with the team conducting a shakedown ‘filming day’ run at Silverstone on Monday with Daniel Ricciardo at the wheel.
British supercar manufacturer Aston Martin features prominently on the car’s rear wing as the team’s new title sponsor, increasing its involvement amid speculation that it will partner with Cosworth to develop an F1-spec engine.
The Milton Keynes squad has traditionally left the launch of its new cars as late as possible, but has bucked the trend this year with a much earlier unveiling. It follows the Haas and Williams teams in showcasing its 2018 design.
The car, the design overseen by Adrian Newey, will once again be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen this season and is powered by the TAG Heuer-branded Renault V6 turbo-hybrid power unit.
It is widely expected this will be the last year the team runs with this power plant, with Renault set to end its customer supply deal with the team as it concentrates on building the competitiveness of its own factory outfit.
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