It’s here! The RB16 has made its track debut at the Silverstone Circuit, one week ahead of the start of formal testing in Barcelona. Max was at the wheel as the Honda-powered Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 completed an official filming day.
An icy Silverstone isn’t the ideal venue to put a brand new F1 car through its paces but the advantage of proximity to the Team factory in Milton Keynes more than compensated for chilly temperatures and extra beanies in the garage as the all-new RB16 nosed out into the pit lane for its first run of 2020.
Today was an official filming day, on which the Team is allowed to complete 100km on specified demo tyres. With winter testing reduced to just six days this year, making sure the car is mechanically sound before heading to Spain next week is an exceptionally valuable exercise, as the Team really cannot afford to waste a single minute once it gets to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
As was the case last year, Max had the honour of taking the first shift. He confessed to a deep sense of anticipation when arriving at the circuit this morning. “It’s been quite a while since the last time I was in an F1 car and I was really looking forward to it this morning. Once you fire up, you’re back into the procedure, but before then, there’s always a sense of anticipation about what the new car and the new engine will feel like.”