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Horner: Red Bull RB20 an evolution not revolution

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Christian Horner revealed that the Red Bull RB20 will be an evolution of the mighty RB19 as no design revolution is required as their rivals go back to the drawing board to reel in the dominant Formula 1 World Champions.

Adrian Newey and his RBR design team were again far smarter than the rest of the ‘F1 Class of 2023′ and this winter can spend fine-tuning the car that won 21 of 22 GPs this past season, taking Max Verstappen to his third F1 World Champion title, and Sergio Perez to P2 as Red Bull gobbled up the Constructors’ Championship like never before.

One imagines the RB19 would be better than most of the cars that roll out in 2024, as most are likely to be copy-cat versions of the greatest F1 car while the RB20 is likely to be another step forward for the Champs, upon which the rest will have to chase.

Speaking to Motorsport Network, Red Bull F1 team boss Horner said of his team’s 2024 F1 car: “Evolution not a revolution. All areas have been revisited in the car, and we can’t afford to have any complacency. So the car is very much an evolution of a theme. We’re not reinventing the wheel, which has been the engineering path’s route over the last 12 months.”

Red Bull’s design team got a jump start on understanding the new F1 aero regs that kicked in at the start of 2022. But next year will be the third year with this current tech rules package, which runs until the end of 2025.

What was the real gap between Red Bull RB19 and the chasing F1 pack on any given race day?

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 20: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 20, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

The gap between RBR and the rest varied from circuit to circuit but the Red Bull boys, Verstappen in particular with Perez on occasions, had about 0.3s to 0.5s per lap advantage in Qualifying, while the RB19’s race distance pace was easily a second or so per lap better than next best.

But Horner expects that to change next season: “I’m fully expecting with stable regs and diminishing returns for us because I think we got to the top of the curve quicker than others, the field is going to converge. There’s always a reset as you go into the following year, and I’m convinced that you’ll see a lot more cars that perhaps look like an RB19 philosophy.

“If you stand still in this business, you tend to be going backwards. And I think that we have got up that curve quicker than others. But we’re into a law of diminishing returns,” ventured Horner.

Dominance in 2023 meant early work could get started on the RB20, but limited wind tunnel time doers not help the cause according to the Red Bull team boss: “With the lack of wind tunnel time that we’ve had, even though we transitioned early, we still had less time in practice than a great many of our opponents,” he said.

“So, we’ve had to be very frugal and selective of where we apply that time for RB20, and that will obviously try to build on the strengths of RB19,” concluded Horner, which will be music to the ears of Verstappen and Perez, if he can find the Jeddah and Baku form…