Today, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing–TAG Heuer RB14 rolled out of the garage for the start of testing, giving everyone a first look at our racing livery for 2018.
We launched the car last week in our special edition 'Disruption' livery. The 'DisruptoBull' was always intended as a one-off: handy for us to make a splash without revealing too much about the RB14. It garnered many admiring glances and did sensational business on social media, but today we're back in our more familiar scheme. Formula One embraces its history and the liveries that last longest on the grid are the ones that tend to stick in the memories: these are our colours.
This will be our third season using the matte design – though the underlying scheme can be traced all the way back to 2005 and our rookie season in Formula One when the RB1 raced with a livery that would subsequently become one of the most famous on the grid. We're still a relatively young team in F1 terms – but over the last 13 seasons our distinctive blue, yellow and red scheme has achieved a level of recognition of which we're proud.
There are, of course, changes for this year, most notably our Aston Martin branding is more prominent on the front of the monocoque and the rear wing – but no-one looking on from the grandstands, watching on TV or peering over the pitwall is going to mistake our car for any other.
Daniel kicks off our testing programme today, with Max getting his first taste of the 2018 machinery tomorrow. The plan – subject to the usual vagaries of winter running – is for them to continue alternating days across the two weeks in Barcelona. Following that it's a few short days back at base in Milton Keynes before heading off to Albert Park, Melbourne and the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.
We're up and running for the season, be part of it and get your 2018 Team Line at Red Bull Shop, here.