With March soon approaching, motorsport fans can rejoice. The winter break is nearly over, with the first Formula 1 race of the 2016 calendar just 4 weeks away on 20th March at Albert Park, Melbourne. As pre-season testing starts on the 22nd Feb in Barcelona, the unveiling of the 2016 cars has begun. I was lucky enough to join Red Bull Racing and Puma at Puma Carnaby Street to celebrate the Red Bull Racing livery for the up and coming season.
A change from previous seasons of the block navy blue colours, the new partnership between Red Bull Racing and Puma sees the 2016 team and replica kit feature a bull camouflage pattern along the sleeves and the design visible on the lifestyle range.
The need to contain my excitement for the evening wasn’t required in a room full of F1 fans. We had the opportunity to drive in a racing simulator and set a timed lap. This had been the first time I’d sat in a gaming seat armed with pedals and a steering wheel for years! Growing up, my Dad used to have a racing set up in the living room for the games console. I absolutely loved it! I was driving reasonably well until I crashed into the pit entry barriers on the last turn. It’s safe to say that I needed a bit more practice before racing for a spot on the leaderboard.
The main man of the event, former F1 driver now commentator David Coulthard, was ready to answer fan questions about the 2016 season and sport in general. Hot topics included the potential future of hydrogen powered engines, an insight into the new format F1 show on Channel 4, thoughts on sportsmanship in teams and Championship contenders (which DC reckons will be Mercedes vs Ferrari) and addition of ”the halo” cockpit protection (planned to be introduced by the FIA from 2017).
Coulthard then proceeded onto the simulator in an attempt to set the fasted lap, which the top three racers on the leaderboard had to surpass. Unfortunately DC was trumped by the top two drivers. On the bright side, his commentary throughout each lap was priceless!
Still on a high from the fantastic in-store experience, we were transported to East London to join the Red Bull Racing and Puma launch party and danced the night away. Earlier in the evening, simulataneously with the Puma event, Red Bull Racing revealed the team livery at a stunning press launch.
Although the Red Bull Racing livery is known, the first sighting of the Red Bull RB12 won’t be until 22nd February at Circuit de Catalunya. Whilst the matte livery of the car is eyecatching, the actual specifications of the RB12 will be a deciding factor of how the 2016 season will fair for the Bulls.
Red Bull Racing X Puma. Faster Together.
The Nutty Noodle