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Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Reveal 2018 F1 Challenger

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has unveiled their challenger for the 2018 Formula One season – the RB14.

Along with the mandatory halo, the car is seen with a unique livery of blue and silver on a dark blue camouflage-type concept, which is distinctly different from the traditional red and dark blue colors. However, the team reaffirmed it is a “special edition” and the primary livery will be presented at preseason testing in Barcelona next week.

Other differences can be seen with the sidepods, which are undercut and narrower than its predecessor. Additionally, the rear wing features a more aggressive look with the endplates, which are angled inwards towards the center of the car.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen to its stable of pilots for the upcoming season, who combined captured three victories and 13 podiums last season en route to helping guide the team to third in the constructor’s standings.

Aston Martin steps on as a new title sponsor for the Red Bull team, which leaves open the potential of future engine opportunities down the road. That said, the squad will run will Renault power in 2018.

Up next for the team, the plan is to have Ricciardo on hand to conduct a shakedown test and film day with the RB14 at Silverstone prior to the start of preseason testing.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing has become the third Formula One team to showcase its new car for the upcoming campaign, following Haas and Williams last week.

The start of preseason testing is set to take place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 26 – March 1.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.