Red Bull launch RB09 – Continuity key to successful season
By Berthold Bouman
Red Bull Racing unveiled the RB09 at their headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK, today. After winning both Formula One titles three times in a row, the Austrian team is aiming for another successful campaign in 2013.
Team Principal Christian Horner said, “The 2012 season was tough and long, but our success was testimony to all the hard work and dedication in the factory.” He thinks continuity is the key to success this season, “We’re fortunate that we’ve been able to maintain continuity within our group.”
“This is the fifth year that this driver pairing has been together. We’ve got continuity throughout all of the technical teams and all the key areas. I think that’s proof that there is a fierce determination to keep both of those trophies in the cabinet for another year.”
Designer Adrian Newey was of course present to see his latest creation being unveiled, but he said the RB09 is not a revolutionary, but more an evolutionary car, something said before by other Formula One designers.
About the 2013 season he said, “Probably the most significant change is not the regulations, but the new Pirelli tyres. We had a quick test with those in practice ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix but in truth we didn’t learn a lot because of the conditions. Pirelli have supplied us data about how the new tyres behave but past experience tells us that it’s only when we go testing that we really find out.”
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As said, continuity is key, and Mark Webber will go into his seventh successive year with Red Bull, the Australian reckons this is a benefit for both parties, “The fact that this is my seventh season with the team is a massive advantage.” And he added, “I couldn’t have envisaged it when I joined and it’s hard to believe that you could be with the same Formula One team for seven years, as continuity is not always easy to achieve in this sport. I’ve really enjoyed the years I’ve had here so far and I can’t wait to get going this season!”
Vettel goes into his fifth season with Red Bull. He took the Formula One drivers’ crown for the third consecutive time in 2012, the youngest driver ever to do so, and he’s ready for the 2013 season. Of course winning the title again is on top of his list. About last year he said, “We had a very strong finish last season, but it was hard as the season was so long — it was important for me to enjoy being home.”
And he added, “Pretty soon though I started training again, preparing for the new season and I’m very excited because this is the first time I’ve seen the car in one piece. I’ve seen little bits, but it looks very nice, so now we’ll get to see if it works as expected. I’m excited to get going again, to get back in the car, start testing and then go racing. Then, we’ll finally find out where we are.”
And indeed, the RB09 will be shipped to the Circuit Jerez de la Frontera in Spain this night, on the first two days, February 5 and 6, Webber will take the RB09 through its paces, and the next two days Vettel will be behind the wheel.