A new season, a new hope

Chambliss in Abu Dhabi 2015

The wait is over. It's a new season, and there's new hope for victory. Two new contenders join the race to the podium, ready to take on the established order. The desert state is all set for the first race of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi on 11-12 March.

The 2016 season opener promises to be the most high-voltage event in nine years. In a field energised by new pilots, new team members, new technology and a new format – not to mention a tantalising vacancy at the top with the retirement of 2015 World Champion Paul Bonhomme – the title is there for the taking. For the team that would seize that opportunity, 2016 must be a season of no excuses.