Red Bull announced the appearance of their chassis this weekend will be changing to a one-off white livery in honor of the Japanese fans who should have been having a home race this weekend prior to the calendar re-shuffles.
Japan faced a new wave of COVID-19 cases and government restrictions therefore forcing the F1 event organisers to change the famous Suzuka circuit out for Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey.
Red Bull’s new livery was made in conjunction with the departure of their engine partner Honda who will no longer be involved in Formula 1 moving into 2022.
The livery features several “ありがとう” – Arigato (thank you in Japanese) decals which were placed their to honor the Japanese fans as well as the origin of the Red Bull power units.
Red Bull has been supported by Honda since 2019 and AlphaTauri have used their engines since 2018. The partnership between manufacturer and teams has accumulated a total of 14 victories and put Max Verstappen into title contention this year.
AlphaTauri’s livery will not change drastically featuring only the “arigato” sticker on their rear wing but the Red Bull’s one-off livery will completely transform the RB16B.
The design was inspired from Richie Ginther’s 1965 Mexican Grand Prix-winning Honda RA272 which featured a red circle as a centerpiece with the chassis completely white except for the black numbers.
Here is how the livery will look:
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