Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan has revealed the team’s 2024 car will be an evolution of its all-conquering RB19.
So far in 2023, Red Bull have been dominant, winning every race this season and have a chance to win the constructors’ championship at the Singapore Grand Prix, should they secure a 1-2 and Mercedes score less than two points.
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen has won 12 out of the first 14 races and holds a 145-point cushion over teammate Sergio Perez, who himself tasted victory in Jeddah and Baku.
“The work on 2024 is well underway,” admitted Monaghan to select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “As we are in the privileged position we find ourselves in to say it’s an evolution, it’s probably a logical conclusion.
“There is still some effort in 2023, and that will go on for a little while. There are lessons we can learn from the current car that will feed into next year. It would be foolish not to take such opportunities.
“The further we go into the flyway races that lie ahead of us, the more emphasis will be placed on [the] 2024 car. At some point, more people supporting [us] through the race weekend will spend more time with 24.”
Verstappen’s assurance is his greatest strength
Since his unexpected promotion to Red Bull in 2016, Verstappen has gone from strength to strength, picking up several wins during a lean period for the team before becoming world champion in 2021.
Verstappen then put his faith in Red Bull by extending his current contract until 2028, which he then followed up with his second world championship, taking 15 wins, including a famous home victory at Zandvoort.
“I think his all-around assurances is one of his greatest strengths,” said Monaghan. “He can have a bad session and bounce back in the next one. He doesn’t make many mistakes.
“That’s a pretty good indication of his level of self-confidence. I think his self-belief in the car and team is very strong. He’s a fabulous team player, and aren’t we lucky to have him.”.