After a very successful season in 2009, where six victories and second in the constructor's championship was better than imagined, the Red Bull team launched their 2010 challenger, the RB6, Wednesday morning just hours before the second pre-season...
After a very successful season in 2009, where six victories and second in the constructor's championship was better than imagined, the Red Bull team launched their 2010 challenger, the RB6, Wednesday morning just hours before the second pre-season test in Jerez, Spain.
Both German Sebastian Vettel and his Australian teammate, Mark Webber, will return for some more action that will be tough, especially for Vettel. The German just missed the world championship bid, when he failed to finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the next to last race of the season.
Renault will continue to supply the team with customer engines, while sponsors Pepe Jeans and German giant Siemens are new additions to the Milton Keynes, England, based Austrian team.
The success of the team came down last season to the high experience of Technical Officer Adrian Newey, who had been triumphant with the McLaren team in the past. Newey knew that this year's car was just a continuation of what has been successful already.
"The RB6 is very much an evolution of the 2009 car," said Newey. "We tried to refine and evolve it rather than go to new concepts. One obvious difference is that the 2009 car was not designed to suit a double diffuser and we had to try to put one on as best we could around the existing rear suspension and gearbox.
"With this car, we have been able to design that part of the car by scratch."
Christian Horner is one of the youngest Team Principals in Formula One, who began with Team Arden in Formula 3000, and came to Red Bull when the drinks manufacturer bought the factory from Jaguar a few years ago. Now, the 36 year old Englishman is stunned by the huge success and would like to see more.
"2009 was a massive year for the team and I think we took a huge step forward." Commented Horner. "We completely respect the quality of our opponents, but we are setting ourselves aggressive targets. It's fantastic to see the car finally taking to the track after so much hard work and effort."
It will not take long to see if the team has a winning car. The team begins their first test of the year today here at this Spanish circuit.