Red Bull tease fans as they complete private shakedown

Red Bull unveiled their 2023 car just over a week ago in New York, where their new partnership with Ford was also announced.

A week on from their glitzy New York City launch, Red Bull have now completed their shakedown test ahead of the upcoming period of official pre-season testing, to be held at the Bahrain International Circuit.

News of the shakedown test at Silverstone was kept incredibly quiet, with the Austrians having opted not to show their actual 2023 car to their competitors.

Red Bull did upload a small clip of the RB19 to their social media pages; however, it wasn’t close, or clear enough to be able to make out any of the key details on their newest Formula 1 car.

This might come as a disappointment to their competitors, who are likely wanting to know what the Milton Keynes-based side have been working on over the winter break.

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Both Sergio Pérez and double World Champion Max Verstappen took part in the shakedown, as the Austrian outfit prepare to defend their Constructors’ Championship.

Red Bull weren’t the only side to use Silverstone for their shakedown test on Friday, as Haas were also present at the venue to complete their own on Saturday.

Alfa Romeo ran their shakedown test on Friday as well at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the Hinwil-based team having arguably shown more footage of their 2023 car than the others.

In their defence, Haas also uploaded plenty of content showing their VF-23 at the home of the British Grand Prix, with the Americans showing their new livery in all its glory.

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Red Bull were certainly the most secretive, although, the reigning World Champion did share his initial thoughts of what the team’s new car is like.

“I’ve just driven the RB19 for the first time,” Verstappen said on the team’s socials.

“Of course it’s a filming day but it was a good first impression.

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“Everything worked very well, everything worked very smoothly, so that’s exactly what you want from a day like this.”

The Austrians will be hoping that their 2023 challenger can be just as strong and dominant as its predecessor, with it having claimed 17 victories.

If Red Bull can get anywhere near to this feat then it’d be truly remarkable, given that Ferrari and Mercedes will be stronger this season.