Verstappen Highlights Major Difference Between RB19 & RB20

Red Bull Racing decided to develop the RB20 for the 2024 season, moving away from the successful RB19, and Max Verstappen is happy with the new car’s similar yet slightly improved feel, despite initial doubts about the new concept’s effectiveness.


‣ Red Bull Racing decided to develop a new car, the RB20, for the 2024 season, moving away from the successful RB19, despite the uncertainty of its success from the start.

‣ Max Verstappen, the reigning world champion, expressed satisfaction with the RB20, noting it felt similar but slightly better to drive compared to the RB19, especially highlighting improvements in low-speed performance.

‣ Verstappen acknowledged the inherent uncertainties in adopting a new car design but credited the team’s reliance on simulations and wind tunnel testing for their continued success in car development.

Red Bull Racing rolled the dice. Adrian Newey and his team hit a wall with the RB19, thinking, “This is it, we can’t push this any further.” So, they zagged instead of zigging, aiming for fresh horizons with the 2024 car, the RB20. But, boy, isn’t it a nail-biter? You never know if this new beast will roar to success or whimper at the starting line.

Max Verstappen, the speed demon himself, got behind the wheel of the RB20. After tearing up the track in Bahrain, he was all smiles. “Feels like the old beast, just with a bit more pep,” he quipped. The champ was looking for that extra oomph, particularly at lower speeds. And it seems he got just that. “Didn’t feel like I was driving a stranger,” he added, which, let’s be honest, is exactly what you want to hear.

But, hold up. Even Verstappen had his moments of doubt. It’s like staring at your reflection and wondering, “Is this new haircut really me?” He confessed, “You eyeball the car and wonder, ‘Is this baby gonna fly?'” But, faith in the team’s geek squad – their mastery of simulations and wind tunnels – has paid off before. And Max is banking on it again.

So, there you have it. A leap into the unknown, with a sprinkle of hope and a dash of engineering wizardry. Will the RB20 be the chariot of the gods or just another ride? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: the journey’s going to be one heck of a ride.

Albert Ramirez
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