There is no doubt that the RB18 quickly became one of the most beautiful and striking single-seaters in Formula 1 for the 2022 season. Max Verstappen and Sergio, Czech Perezexceeded the expectations of Red Bull considering it extremely aesthetic in relation to what was seen in past years.
However, problems with this car have emerged in recent days. And although this one has a untold beauty, The foregoing does not exempt the fact of the constant difficulties that it has presented and that it could play against an Austrian team that aims to stay at the top of the drivers with its star driver.
What are the problems of the RB18? In essence, the conflicts could be observed in the Barcelona – Catalunya tests, which took place one month before the start of the 2022 campaign with the Bahrain Grand Prix and in which both Max Verstappen What Czech Perez they had certain difficulties that were well exploited by Lewis Hamilton.
The RB18 and its weight problem
From 2009 (last year in which they allowed the stops to refuel) to date, the single-seaters have evolved, since despite 605 kilos in 2021 they weighed 752 kilosa situation that will change again for this 2022 with the new change in the regulation, which dictates that the cars will have to weigh 795 kilos.
This could be due, among other things, to the change of tires of 18 inches, as well as the improvement in terms of chassis security protocols. Even so, these modifications have seriously affected all the teams in the Formula 1, being Red Bull Racing one of the most damaged by this situation.
“The only problem we have is the weight. Thank God the minimum weight has already been increased, but there is still a lot of work to do before the first race. We will see if there is another increase, with the exception of one, all the teams are struggling with a weight issue,” Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko told Motorsport-Magazin.
Being the heaviest single-seater, the possibility of handling this, especially in some circuits, becomes a titanic effort on the part of the pilots, among them Czech Perez and Max Verstappen. This has made their training difficult considering that many of them have an overweight car, as is the case with the RB18.
That is how Red Bull faces a serious problem practically less than a month before the start of the 2022 season of the Formula 1. Will the Austrian team manage to turn this situation around and remain the favorite to repeat what was done a few months ago with Verstappen and Pérez?
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