Red Bull have teased fans with a social media post of a blank Formula 1 car on Friday, with the car in question being completely white, apart from the traditional bull from the Red Bull logo.
The Austrians uploaded the image with the caption “2023 A blank canvas”, hinting at perhaps a new livery for the upcoming season.
2023 is set to be a mammoth season for Red Bull, who are unveiling their challenger for this season in New York on February 3.
The Austrians are keen to defend their 2022 Constructors’ Championship, with it having been the team’s first since 2013, before the turbo-hybrid era was introduced.
Red Bull were truly sensational last season, with the Milton Keynes-based outfit having claimed both titles with ease, thanks to an imperious performance from double World Champion Max Verstappen.
With 15 victories for Verstappen and two for Sergio Pérez, Red Bull made an excellent start to the new aerodynamic era of the sport, with the regulations having been heavily changed ahead of last season.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was a big fan of the new regulations and explained after the season that his side “never lost sight” of their goal.
“From a personal point of view, it’s been an amazing season for our team,” he told media, including PlanetF1.com. “And I think for Formula 1, I think the racing has been better.
“I think that there’s been 25% more passes this year than previous years, I think the regulations are delivering in enabling the drivers to follow more closely.
“I think that as a team we got these regulations right, which considering we were the last team to transition onto them, after you know what happened last year , I think our team has done an amazing job in coming out with such a competitive car and bouncing back after a double DNF in Bahrain. We never lost sight of what our target was.”
Defending either title won’t be easy, especially with the Austrians having to serve their 12-month reduction in permitted aerodynamic research.
After being deemed guilty of having breached the 2021 budget cap, the FIA fined Red Bull $7 million and gave them a 10-percent reduction in permitted aerodynamic research, something which is predicted to hurt the side mid-season.
Only time will tell if the Austrians will overcome their upcoming hurdles, with the season opener being just over a month away.