2009 Redbull RB5 F1 monopost unveiled

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Yesterday, Red Bull racing launched their latest addition, the 2009 RB5. The racing team, with the RB5 designer Adrian Newey and team head Christian Horner, are thrilled with their new "beauty" and are hoping that it could really compete with rivals.

They don't have their heads on the clouds concerning the race though, but with major changes the race has ever seen in 20 years they are quite hopeful.

Newey and Horner also pointed out that in this year's race the divide between the best and worst performance will be greater compared to the previous races.

The regular method of providing press kit at launch is by way of downloadable materials. The kit includes all the information detail concerning the car the team or car manufacturer deems necessary (of course, in the case of competition cars the details are deliberately minimized).

However, Red Bull released a press kit in the form of a comic book. From this comic book it revealed that the RB5 will come with the Renault RS27 powerplant that meets all the requirements of the 2009 FIA.

Included in the FIA requirements is an engine with a V8 configuration with maximum displacement of 2.4-liters and maximum engine speed of 18,000 rpm.

The RB5's engine block, an essential structural component, is made from cast aluminum. The racing KERS device of the Red Bull is the same as that on the Renault R29.

Press Release

RB5 – You Beauty!

Red Bull Racing's 2009 car, the RB5, made its track debut this morning at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. If they start giving out championship points for beauty, then the season seems to have got off to a good start as the RB5 is definitely a pretty little beast.

This morning, Sebastian Vettel nosed the new car out of the garage into the pit lane and suddenly the countdown to Melbourne seems to have picked up speed. "It's good that we got the car running without any major problems, but it's much too early to say anything about performance," commented Seb after completing a handful laps before lunch. "Now we are concentrating on checking all the systems, which are very different to those on last year's car. It's good to be back in a racing car again and I feel as though we are on the way to Australia now. It was a strange feeling when I looked in my mirrors, as you don't see anything behind you, no wings or other bits: all you see is the rear tyres and it looks very naked. The view from the front is different too, because of the shape of the nose, but I'll get used to it very quickly".

On hand to watch RB5's maiden outing were Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Team Principal, Christian Horner. "Today's run here in Jerez is the culmination of months of work for all the Red Bull Technology and Red Bull Racing staff, back at base in Milton Keynes," said Horner. "And like any new car launch it's a moment of excitement and speculation. This year will see us benefit from greater stability in terms of how we run the operation, with all our key players in the technical group having been with us for at least two years and we should not forget they designed a car that won a Grand Prix in 2008, in the hands of Sebastian Vettel. There is no reason to believe we cannot do that again with these new rules. We're excited about our driving pairing: Mark's making a great recovery from his broken leg in a very short space of time and the injury has had minimal impact on his preparation for the season. In Sebastian we've got one of the sport's most exciting young talents and he will be looking to build on his very impressive rookie season."

"2009 arguably sees the biggest rule change for around twenty years," said Newey. "We have taken a clean sheet, blue sky approach, looking at the implications of these rules and how to interpret them, while not changing things simply for the sake of change. Apart from the gearbox internals, there is hardly any carry over from RB4."

Testing continues for the rest of today, Vettel will drive tomorrow then, on Wednesday, it will be Mark Webber's turn to get his hands on RB5. "I thought I'd let Seb do the boring installation laps and the running-in," joked the Australian. "Wednesday's run will be as much a test for me as for the car, as it will be my first go in an F1 car since I broke my leg. My fitness programme is bang-on course for Melbourne and this test is a stepping stone on the way to being fighting-fit for my home race. The car looks fantastic and I'm looking forward to driving it."

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