Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Red Bull unveil new F1 car


Red Bull unveil new RB5 formula one car for 2009 season in Jerez

Formula one team Red Bull have unveiled their new RB5 car at a launch party in Jerez, Spain, for the upcoming 2009 season.

The model, which adheres to all the rule changes on cost and aerodynamic limitations that are new for the sport this year, features a modified nose cone and the now-familiar 'blocky' look that has become standard across all the teams.

Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were on hand to take back the tarpaulin, with Webber attending without crutches despite continuing his rehabilitation from a broken leg suffered in a cycling accident over the winter.

The Australian remains on course to be fit for the first race of the campaign - his home grand prix in Melbourne on March 29th - but is clearly still in the early stages of his recovery after limping throughout much of the low-key unveiling.

Vettel - moved up from the Toro Rosso team to the sister marque after winning the 2008 Italian grand prix last year - was positive about the rule changes and enforced car alterations, which also feature a power boost button (the KERS energy recovery system) that can be activated by the driver at any time.

And team boss Christian Horner was equally upbeat, promising advancements in the car's competitiveness through "greater stability in terms of how we run the operation".

"All our key players in the technical group have been with us for at least two years," Horner said.

"We should not forget that they designed a car that won a grand prix in 2008, in the hands of Sebastian Vettel and Toro Rosso.

"There is no reason to believe we cannot do that again with these new rules."