Red Bull Racing have revealed their latest design, the RB7 which follows the championship winning RB6. Both racing drivers, still Vettel and Webber were present in the Valencian pitlane to take the wraps off of the new car.
The RB7 is Red Bull's first ever car with KERS on board, as the team decided not to use such a device in 2009 and 2010. Just like the Red Bull RB6 was compared to its own predecessor however, this car is a thorough evolution with changes to make a winning car even more convincing.
Christian Horner commented: " It’s a great feeling to arrive here and roll out the car with the number one on it as the reigning World Champions, but now the challenge is to keep it. The team’s been very focused on RB7 over the last few months; Adrian didn’t release his drawings any earlier than normal, so the whole design group and production team have done a remarkable job to produce this car in the shortest possible time. It’s a long season, the longest in F1 history, and we have some great opponents, but we are very motivated and will be working hard to hold on to the two world titles. I’m sure it’s going to be a fascinating battle."
Adrian Newey said: "It’s always a special moment when a car runs for the first time. The big challenge for us this year was the reintroduction of the KERS system. It’s always a challenge to find solutions, which don’t compromise the aerodynamics of the car. This season, with McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes all having KERS, we need to get it to work, simply for performance off the line."
On the day it launched its all-new RB7, Red Bull Racing is pleased to welcome several new partners for 2011, as well as reconfirming continuing and enhanced agreements with many of its existing partners. Red Bull Racing’s Partner portfolio now includes: Total, Rauch, Pepe Jeans, Casio, Singha Beer, FXDD, Geox, Pirelli, Alpinestars, Platform Computing and Siemens.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be the first man behind the wheel of the new car as he will start testing later today at Valencia.