New 2013 Red Bull RB9 could miss first winter test

Adrian Newey during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 8, 2012 in Montreal, Canada.Jan.4 (GMM) Reigning Formula One Constructors’ Champions Red Bull‘s 2013 car- the RB9 –  might not be ready for the first pre-season test in early February.

We have already reported on designer Adrian Newey’s admission that late development work on the RB8 to ensure the 2012 title somewhat delayed progress of its successor

He said in an official Red Bull film that 2012 was “one of the toughest seasons I’ve been through”.

Newey is now quoted by the Sun newspaper: “We had to keep pushing which made it difficult to introduce developments and simultaneously develop [2013's] car.

“This has compromised the timescales of the new car more than we would have liked.”

The BBC reports that Red Bull will confirm next week if the 2013 car, the RB9, will be ready for the first Jerez test on 5 February.

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  • Not Bernie

    Interesting that RB9 is going to be late and Domenicali stating that next year’s championship will be won in the first few races! The RB8 was late and the championship was won in the last few, I don’t really give much credit to Domenicali’s prediction. I just don’t give anything to anybody’s prediction at this point!

    Only in the first race do you get any idea of which team has the better car, although 2012 turned out to be a tyre lottery for the first third of the season.