Purple Bull have kicked off their 2023 season by unveiling a launch model of the RB19, the automotive the Milton Keynes outfit hope will allow them to defend each F1 world titles.
Purple Bull assembled in New York on Friday for a so-called ‘season launch’, with Staff Principal Christian Horner current to supervise proceedings alongside full-time racers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, and third driver Daniel Ricciardo.
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The crew showcased their 2023 look with the standard blue, yellow and pink scheme – which captures the Purple Bull firm’s core colors.
Nevertheless, Horner revealed that Purple Bull will stage a contest for followers to design a particular livery for the three races held in the USA this 12 months – with Miami and Austin to be joined by a brand new Las Vegas occasion.
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Purple Bull head into the 2023 marketing campaign trying to retain the drivers’ and constructors’ titles, having stormed to 17 wins from 22 races below the 2022 guidelines reset – 15 scored by reigning double world champion Verstappen.
Talking on the launch, Horner commented: “It’s extremely particular to be within the Huge Apple, within the US, in New York. The US is enjoying such an enormous position in F1 as of late – three Grands Prix, [with] Las Vegas coming onto the calendar as nicely – so it appeared solely becoming to unveil the RB19, and our plans for the season forward, right here.”
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These plans embrace the beginning of a brand new relationship with American producer Ford, who will work with Purple Bull’s Powertrains division to develop a turbo-hybrid energy unit for the recently-agreed 2026 engine rules.
As for Purple Bull’s 2023 on-track expectations, Horner continued: “It’s going to be an unbelievable season. Our rivals, for positive, haven’t stood nonetheless. We’re anticipating Ferrari to be aggressive, Mercedes are going to be there, [and] there’s another groups that might nicely make some massive progress as nicely.
“This time of 12 months, it’s all an enormous unknown, and it’s a query of specializing in ourselves, doing the perfect we will. Then in Bahrain, in a few weeks’ time, we’ll get to see all people’s automotive and we’ll realise, ‘Have we missed one thing? Have we not?’
“Then we set off on this 23-race journey between March and November. There’s going to be highs and lows alongside the best way, I’m positive, however I believe we’re in place and trying to keep it up that momentum from final 12 months.”
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As Horner alluded to, Purple Bull’s new automotive – and the machines created by their 9 F1 rivals – will take to the monitor for pre-season testing in Bahrain from February 23-25, adopted by the opening spherical on the identical Sakhir venue every week later.
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