Infiniti Red Bull RB10 Renault
The Red Bull RB10 was presented in the morning of 28 January, the first day of pre-season winter testing at Jerez. It was unveiled in the Spanish pitlane by Vettel and Ricciardo, the new driver pairing of the championship winning team following Mark Webber's departure to endurance racing with Porsche.
Readings from other teams soon proved that the RB10 was quick in the cornering work, proving it was another well thought out design by Adrian Newey. The designer spoke highly of the work done by the team over the winter, but also said he was wary of the possible dangers of the new low nose regulations.
A technical analysis of the launch spec also shows a fairly unique solution to the low nose regulations, incorporating apertures for driver cooling to reduce the drag created by the extending element. This item also does not contribute in a front impact test with the actual impact absorbing structure consisting of the part of the nose painted blue and yellow.
Even though performance readings were promising, they were also very brief, as the team struggled badly with cooling, packaging and the combination of ERS with the Renault V6 Turbo engine. It problems were so extensive that part of Red Bull's engineering team went to work on solutions for Renault's energy recovery systems in an attempt to get things sorted as soon as possible. The problems however kept the Red Bull in the garage for most of the pre-season testing. At the first 4-day test in Jerez, the team managed only 21 laps. Things improved only slightly during the following 8 days of testing in Bahrain.
When arriving at Melbourne, expectations were low, but the resourceful team came up with large revisions of its car, mostly underneath the skin in an attempt to make it reliable. Much to everyone's surprise, the car proved competitive as well, with Ricciardo scoring his first podium of his F1 career, before being disqualified for excessive fuel consumption.
Chassis: Composite monocoque structure, designed and built in-house, carrying the Renault V6 as fully stressed member
Gearbox: Eight-speed gearbox, longitudinally mounted with hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation, by Red Bull Technology
Designation: Renault Energy F1-2014
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