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Red Bull RB5 Launched

Red Bull Racing have today launched their 2009 contender, the RB5.

It will be the teams 5th car, and will be piloted by Australian Mark Webber and German rookie sensation Sebastian Vettel.

Their car shares some similarities with the Ferrari F60, with winglets across the top of the nose, and also with the protruding poles out of the floor wide by the sidepods for aerodynamic purposes, and also those wide wing mirrors.  The sidepods also feature in-built bargeboards, very similar to other cars.  The incredibly thin nose is a throwback to some older McLaren cars, a clear Adrian Newey design piece.

Scuderia Toro Rosso will probably run an incredibly similar car.

Christian Horner said;

“2009 will also see us benefit from greater stability in terms of how we run the operation, with all our key players in the technical group having been with us for at least two years,” said Horner. “We should not forget they designed a car that won a grand prix in 2008, in the hands of Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

“There is no reason to believe we cannot do that again with these new rules. The regulation changes almost constitute a new formula for the sport and it will be interesting to see how the teams interpret them.

“Certainly in the early part of this season we expect to see a much bigger spread in terms of performance between the teams than we have over the past two years. ”

Sebastian Vettel admitted the clear goal was to win races.

“The target is to win.  Obviously it’s not correct sitting here and say I am going to win the world championship. I want to, but we need to see.

“We need to see how we are going, where we are in comparison to the others. I believe that the new rules could give a chance to teams like us to close the gap to the front but the favourites are Ferrari and McLaren, no doubt.

“If we are doing extremely well then we will be in a position to score points regularly and maybe fight for a little bit more. I am not the kind of guy to tell you we are going to be here. I prefer to stay on the floor and work hard. If we are getting a surprise then it’s much better!”

Red Bull RB5

Red Bull RB5

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

From the front end

From the front end

Front wing detail

Front wing detail

Sidepod and coke bottle detail

Sidepod and "coke bottle" detail

Rear wing and suspension detail

Rear wing and suspension detail

Sebastian Vettel shaking down the RB5

Sebastian Vettel "shaking down" the RB5

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One response

  1. Honestly, is there anything that Red Bull isn’t sponsoring these days? Considering this is already their 5th car.. I wonder what kind of return they see on these ridiculously expensive branding methods.

    November 20, 2009 at 7:29 am

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