Badger GP got up close and personal with the new-look Red Bull this afternoon as the Milton Keynes-based outfit unveiled their new livery for the 2016 in London today.
The livery sees the removal of the Infiniti purple seen in the last few seasons, and returns the cars to their dark blue hue, although even darker than before.
The Red Bull lettering returns to the sidepods, as you can see, in a bright red shade. This also replaces Infiniti branding.
The event was also a chance for Red Bull to show off their new team gear after a new deal with Puma, seen here on Daniel Ricciardo.
This is not actually the RB12, which will break cover on February 22nd at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Rather, it’s a the RB11 with a new lick of paint. If Red Bull are allowed to show off an old car, we feel we can do the same – let’s take a trip down Austrian fizzy drink memory lane.
19. ‘Can’-do attitude – Testing 2004 The first livery the team used after the takeover from Jaguar F1 Team remains one of their very best, with a funky silver-and-blue chequered effect employed to mimic the cans of their namesake beverage.
18. RB1 – 2005 F1 Season
Klien & Coulthard gave the RB1 its shakedown in Melbourne 2005, where DC scored an excellent 4th for the new team. Klien would later swap with Tonio Liuzzi for four rounds before returning in Canada. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
17. Coulth Vader – 2005 Monaco GP
Jaguar had an ill-fated movie tie-in in 2004 when they lost a diamond stuffed into the nose of one of the cars, so their spiritual successors, Red Bull, played it safe with a Star Wars livery and Stormtrooper pit lane mechanics, to promote Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
16. RB2 – 2006 F1 Season
Red Bull’s second season saw Ferrari power in the back of the RB2, with DC and Klien returning while Liuzzi conveniently moved to the new Toro Rosso outfit. There was still some seat-sharing though, with Robert Doornbos stepping in for the final three rounds. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
15. The Krypton Factor – 2006 Monaco GP
For the 2006 Monaco GP Red Bull once again aligned themselves with a blockbuster movie; this time the eagerly-anticipated Superman Returns. Christian Horner bet that if one of his cars finished on the podium, he would jump into the Monaco harbour in his birthday suit. With Coulthard third, he opted to jump into the Energy Station’s pool in just a cape instead. Lovely. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
14. RB3 – 2007 F1 Season
The RB3 was the first Red Bull designed by Adrian Newey, but also their most unreliable chassis to date, with 14 DNFs. However the team did score a podium at the Nurburgring with new signing Mark Webber. He might have claimed a second in Fuji, but that didn’t go to plan… (Photo via Cahier Archive)
13. Wings for Life I – 2007 British GP
The first of three such events; Red Bull sponsored their cars with Wings For Life for this race to raise money for the charity which looks to treat spinal injuries. Spaces were sold on the cars to fans for their faces to appear on the bodywork, resulting in a very unique look. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
12. RB4 – 2008 F1 Season
The 2008 season was the second for Webber and Coulthard as the most-chiselled-jawline duo in racing history. The car was not a world-beater by any standard, but there was a rare podium for DC in Canada after Hamilton eliminated Raikkonen and himself from the order. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
11. Wings For Life II, Coulthard’s Swansong – 2008 Brazilian GP
DC bowed out of the sport as a driver in 2008, and for one final flourish to the finish he was given special dispensation to run his car in a special ‘Wings for Life’ livery. He sadly binned the car at Turn 3 after a whack from Kazuki Nakajima, but it was a nice thought. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
10. RB5 – 2009 F1 Season
The one that started it all (‘It all’ being wins) for Red Bull was the RB5. As the ‘Aero era’ came into effect it was clear that Red Bull had mastered the art of carbon fibre, and took six wins through Vettel and Webber that year. The duo can be seen here sitting on the wheels of the car at its launch in Jerez, but after some data proved that wasn’t very aerodynamic, they sat in the cockpit instead. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
9. RB6 – 2010 F1 Season
Red Bull’s 2010 challenger was another pitlane launcher in Spain – Jerez again this time – and the second in a row to feature drivers sat on the wheels again. After Adrian Newey showed them the aero deficit from not sitting in the cockpit, the duo buckled up and took nine wins (Four for Webber, five for Vettel) on the way to both championships. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
8. RB7 – 2011 F1 Season
The 2011 Red Bull launched at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, and was the first with new toys like DRS and KERS, which they had trialed but decided against in 2009. It was also the last RBR machine to stay all-blue, but at least Seb and Mark had learned their lessons from the last two years, and stood behind the car rather than sat on it. Vettel was unstoppable in ’11, with a very fitting 11 wins. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
7. RB8 – 2012 F1 Season
Red Bull unveiled their RB8, complete with ‘Step-nose’ online in 2012. It took a few races for the car to get into its stride, first winning in Bahrain with Vettel, followed by Webber’s second Monaco win later on. Both drivers looked competitive all year, and as you probably know, it took Vettel to title number 3 after that amazing fight-back in Brazil.
6. Wings for Life III – 2012 British GP
The third (and to date last) time Red Bull adorned their cars with a Wings for Life livery was for Silverstone in 2012, where again, like five years previously, they sold off small squares on the car for fans to put their faces. Unlike 2007, however, they retained the blue hue. It looked utterly awesome, and propelled Mark Webber to victory. (Photo via Cahier Archive)
5. RB9 – 2013 F1 Season
The first Infiniti-sponsored Red Bull was also the first one Badger GP attended live. The event treated attendees to a car that was all edgy and diagonal, with Vettel and Webber pretending to like each other in the background to boot. This car’s most famous moments include ‘Multi-21’, Vettel’s thirteen wins in a season, and of course, his awesome donuts in New Delhi as he won title number four. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
4. RB10 – 2014 F1 Season
New Red Bull graduate Daniel Ricciardo and quad-champ Vettel helped launch this machine in the pit lane at testing back in 2014. The first season in the new turbo era was one of transition for the Milton Keynes squad, with three wins for the team after dominating the past few seasons. Still, they could console themselves with the fact that they were the only team to hold a candle to Mercedes, even if a few results were due to the Silver Arrows’ misfortune. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
3. CamoBull – 2015 Pre-Season Testing
For pre-season testing in Catalunya and Jerez last year Red Bull did something a little different when they added a black and white camouflage livery to their 2015 challenger. On the first day in Catalunya Kvyat pulled the front wing off, and had to tour the track without it for the rest of the day while they shipped a fresh one over from the UK. The novel livery sadly left the car for the main season. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
2. RB11 – 2015 F1 Season
A couple of decent races on high-downforce circuits in Hungary and Singapore were the only real highlights of Red Bull’s 2015 season; a season characterised by high-profile spats with Renault, which led to the TAG-Heuer name change. (Photo via Red Bull Content Pool)
1. RB12 – 2016 F1 Season
And of course we’ll leave you with one last picture of the car – or livery at least – which will adorn Red Bull in 2016 as they begin a partnership with TAG Heuer. This is likely a show car and the real RB12 will turn wheels in anger next week in Montmelo, where we’ll see if the Power Unit name change provides better performance.
Which was your favourite Red Bull livery? Do you like the new one? Let us know!