We jet off into the evening!
With AlphaTauri and Yuki Tsunoda. Thank you for being there again today. An exciting day is coming to an end. Tomorrow my colleague Ruben Zimmermann will greet you here again and accompany you through Red Bull’s shakedown day.
Maria Reyer says goodbye. Thank you for your interest – and hopefully see you soon!
Perez brings Slim to Red Bull
Speaking of sponsors, it should be noted that Sergio Perez has of course also brought some to Red Bull. The team has announced a new collaboration with America Movil, the telecommunications group owned by Perez ‘benefactor Carlos Slim. The group also includes the brands A1, Telcel, Infinitum and Claro.
“We’re looking forward to racing in two of America Movil’s most important markets, Mexico and Brazil. We really missed the incredible atmosphere of these events last year,” noted Christian Horner. The Group’s head of marketing emphasizes: “We are very happy to continue to support Sergio Perez, now we’re doing it with Red Bull.”
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Longstanding Schumi sponsor back in F1
Incidentally, Mick Schumacher is bringing a sponsor back into Formula 1 who was already on his father Michael’s helmet 25 years ago: Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG). The well-known logo will also be featured on his cap. “It touches me to know that the name Schumacher has been close friends with DVAG for a quarter of a century,” said Schumacher.
He thanks you for your loyalty. “With his extreme willingness to perform, his will to learn, but also his down-to-earth attitude, he embodies values that have linked his father and us for more than two decades,” said Robert Peil, member of the board.
Ex-teammate: Schumacher an asset
Now we come to another driver who will drive in Formula 1 in 2021: Mick Schumacher. The German will make his debut with Haas. It is not yet known when its first bolide will be presented. Nevertheless, there are already early praise for the 21-year-old. His former teammate in Formula 3 believes that Schumacher will “absolutely enrich” Formula 1.
In an interview with ‘ran.de’ Maximilian Günther speaks in the highest tones about the Schumacher offspring. “It’s just something special to see a driver by the name of Schumacher in a Formula 1 car,” he admits. In 2017 he had the pleasure of being a teammate from Schumacher. The two had a “very good relationship”.
Briatore: That’s why he wanted to lock Alonso up
Flavio Briatore, once the dazzling Formula 1 team boss of Benetton and later Renault, has spoken out about Fernando Alonso’s comeback. In a video interview with Peter Windsor, he talks about the two-time world champion’s bike accident and his chances with Alpine 2021.
“Fernando is very fit – apart from his bicycle accident. I speak to him almost every day and I told him to stop riding this racing bike because it is very dangerous,” said the Italian.
“I told him: If you don’t stop, I’ll lock you in the garage – you and not the bike.” Fortunately, the crash with the racing bike ended well, apart from a small fracture in the upper jaw Alonso was uninjured. He’s already training hard again – and he’s also documenting it on social media.
How will Sergio Perez fare at Red Bull?
Most observers ask themselves this question before the start of the season. We spoke to an expert who knows the Mexican from his youth: Peter Mücke. Perez drove in Formula BMW for the successful team boss in the substructure of Formula 1. Can the move to Red Bull be successful?
“Yes, I think so, because of his mental strength he is someone who faces Verstappen. Of course, Verstappen is a tough nut to crack, there is no doubt, but I think he already knows what he is doing and what to expect. And that was the best deal he could get, there is no question about that. It will be interesting, “said Mücke in an exclusive interview with my colleague Sven Haidinger.
You can read more about this on our website soon!
Photo gallery: The 2021 generation
As of this Tuesday, we were presented with four cars: the McLaren MCL35M, the AlphaTauri AT02, the Alfa Romeo C41 and the Red Bull RB16B. We have collected all four cars again in this photo series – click now!
– McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl told us in an exclusive interview a few days ago why his squad’s goal for the season is so vaguely worded.
– Daniel Ricciardo has also confirmed that he has signed with the British for three years.
– We have already published a large technical analysis of the Alfa Romeo C41. In it we explain what the changes to the racing car mean for 2021.
– We also took a look at how the former Sauber team is planning the further development of the new car.
Photo gallery: The Formula 1 cars 2021 in pictures
Which teams present their cars and when?
McLaren, AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo and Red Bull have already done it, six Formula 1 teams are only just dropping their covers. Are you wondering when we will see the next new car?
We have an overview for this: All presentation dates at a glance!
Spoiler: Ferrari is celebrating a launch on Friday, but we won’t see the new red goddess until March 10th.
Perez: This is what his new helmet design looks like
Sergio Perez has just presented his new helmet design. “Yellow has always been my color, but in the past I always had to wear a pink helmet,” he says. The design is dominated by yellow, and the Mexican flag must not be missing on the top.
“It’s especially nice because you can see it from the onboard camera when I’m driving. That’s why the flag is always present on the top. For me as a Mexican, that’s something very special.”
In addition, on the back of the helmet is the motto: “Never give up.” Every time he puts on the helmet, he is reminded of this saying, says Perez. “It’s just a memory.”
Video: The new Red Bull under the microscope
We have of course been working on an initial analysis of the Red Bull RB16B since the first pictures were published. My colleagues Christian Nimmervoll and Daniel Windolph made this video.
You can find out what’s new about the Verstappen racer and what we can expect from Red Bull this week. Have fun!
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Launch Red Bull RB16B: This is what the car looks like!
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Grosjean: special helmet for IndyCar debut
Romain Grosjean is currently doing his first IndyCar test in the USA on the Barber track. He is back in the cockpit three months after his terrible fire accident in Bahrain. He wears a special helmet: the design that his three children had actually designed for their dad for their Formula 1 farewell in Abu Dhabi.
Since Grosjean was unable to contest his last Formula 1 race due to the injuries, he had to wait a little longer to finally be able to use the helmet design. The helmet design will also be used at the IndyCar season opener on April 18th.
Red Bull fährt Shakedown in Silverstone
Red Bull has now announced that the team will do the first laps with the new RB16B tomorrow, Wednesday. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will be able to test the new car during a film day in Silverstone – however, according to the regulations, only 100 kilometers are allowed.
Alexander Albon will also be present, he has been demoted to test and reserve pilot and will be allowed to accelerate tomorrow in the RB15 from the 2019 season.
Tsunoda proves his sense of humor on Instagram
Red Bull rookie Yuki Tsunoda will make his Formula 1 debut in 2021. The Japanese is Helmut Marko’s new darling, who also appreciates the talent’s humor. We get a first taste of it today on Instagram.
“Extra Small is now also available,” writes Tsunoda under a contribution to the new AlphaTauri team collection.
AlphaTauri does its first laps with the AT02
On Friday AlphaTauri presented the new car from Faenza. Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda’s AT02 was presented in Salzburg. Today the new racer is already doing its first laps in Imola.
Sainz brings beer sponsor to Ferrari
Speaking of Ferrari: newcomer Carlos Sainz has taken his sponsor, the Spanish beer brand Estrella Galicia 0.0, with him to the top team. That became known yesterday. Before that, the brand was already represented at McLaren and Renault, the racing driver’s previous career stages.
Ferrari testet mit Pirelli in Jerez
We reported about it yesterday: Pirelli is testing the new 18-inch wheels with Ferrari in Jerez, which will be introduced in 2022. The Italians are back on track today too. The track dries up, so today intermediates are used first and then dry tires.