RED Bull Racing has revealed its car for the 2018 season, fitted with the new mandatory halo cockpit protection device.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will drive the RB14, which was shown in a special black and blue livery rather than the traditional red and dark blue design.
The race trim look will be displayed for the first time at pre-season testing in Catalunya next week.
Aston Martin features prominently on the car, with the British car manufacturer becoming Red Bull’s title sponsor in 2018.
“New bodywork regulations always dominate the news cycle in the launch season — but 2018 has a bigger acreage of change than most years with the introduction of the Halo and the new exclusion zones on the rear of the car that effectively remove shark fins, monkey seats and T-wings,” Red Bull said on its website.
“Some years it’s difficult for the casual viewer to differentiate the new car from the old: that isn’t going to be a problem this time around.
“That said, the technical regulations haven’t changed hugely for 2018. Installing the Halo has been a challenge — mostly in terms of building a chassis strong enough to accommodate it and pass a brutal homologation test — but the rest of the regs have been comparatively stable.
“That’s the primary reason we’re able to launch earlier than usual.”