Red Bull, rather quietly for them, rolled out the new RB3 at Barcelona this morning with little fanfare and it was an emotional moment for chief technical officer Adrian Newey. The RB3 is the first car the highly-regarded designer has produced for Red Bull and according to the team website the day went without any dramas.
"It's always an emotional moment seeing a new car roll out of the garage for the first time, especially when it is your first car for a new team," said Newey. "It means this car is a totally new product and not something that has evolved out of the previous year's car which is normally the case."
"There was a feeling of trepidation and nerves and, although it is a clich?, it is a bit like the birth of a new baby. It's great to see the new car running. Today has been about getting the car out on track and the fact we have managed that is a real tribute to everyone back at the factory. I have to admit that privately, back in November, I didn't think we would make this date."
"I am very happy that all the hard work of all the engineers, the manufacturing staff and everyone back at base has proved me wrong. It has involved a lot of hard work, a lot of late nights, a lot of weekend work and it really is an outstanding effort."
Red Bull will head for Valencia next week to continue development work on the RB3 with Mark Webber and David Coulthard scheduled to be on duty. The Spanish circuit is likely to be busy with Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault and others expected to be present.