Feb.6 (Grand Prix 247) Reigning world champions Red Bull Racing today unveiled the RB8, designed by Adrian Newey, which will carry their hopes of attaining a hat-trick of both constructors and drivers F1 world championship titles. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will once again spearhead the team’s onslaught on the biggest prize in motorsport.
The car features the stepped up nose as seen on all the cars unveiled thus far, except on the McLaren MP4-27. Newey who penned the last two F1 world championship conquering cars for the energy drinks stable said: “The restriction nose height which is a maximum height just in front of the front bulkhead hasn’t really changed the chassis shape very much. We’ve kept more or less the same chassis shape, but had to drop the nose just in front of the front bulkhead, which, in common with many other teams, has led us to I think I’d probably say a slightly ugly looking nose.”
He added, “We’ve tried to style it as best we can, but it’s not a feature you would choose to put in were it not for the regulation. I’d say RB8 is the fourth generation of what started with the 2009 car, the RB5. So I guess this is the great grandson of that car.”
Team principal Christian Horner outlined the team’s objectives: “The team’s goals are quite simple. It’s to try and defend both titles in the manner [in which] we achieved them. Of course, when you’ve achieved what we have, particularly in 2011, we’ve set a very high standard for ourselves. But, we’re always looking to improve, we’re always looking, in all areas, to try and do better. We can’t control what our opponents do, we’re up against some formidable opponents, but we can only really focus on ourselves and only when we get to Melbourne will we truly know where we sit against our rivals.”