Red Bull Racing this morning took the wraps of their 2009 contender, the Adrian Newey designed RB5. The Jerez circuit in Spain provided the backdrop as Sebastian Vettel took the machine out for a few installation laps. The RB5 is the third chassis to be penned by Newey for the team, their fifth since taking over from Jaguar in 2005. Mark Webber was also present and is expected to return to driving on Wednesday following his cycling accident 11 weeks ago that left him with a broken leg.
The car looks sleek and follows the new regulations of narrow rear wing and low, wide front wing. The nose appears quite high, unlike the Ferrari and McLaren counterparts, but like Ferrari the team have opted to put the mirrors out wide, connecting them to the sidepod rather than the monocoque. Last season, Red Bull famously debuted the famous shark fin cover, although the launch vehicle seen today didn’t have one. Toyota have tested one though, so Red Bull may still have that part waiting in the wings.
With a dark livery the car actually looks reasonably attractive and will hopefully bring Red Bull Racing closer to the front of the grid. The squad will be eventually be using Renault’s KERS system, although the development across all teams in this area seems to have slowed a little. But after a fairly unimpressive 2008 campaign, the Milton Keynes based team will need every advantage they can get to close the gap to the front runners.
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