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Red Bull RB9 launched in Milton Keynes

ESPN Staff
February 3, 2013 « C32's packaging a 'big challenge' | Red Bull RB9 an evolution - Newey »

Red Bull has launched its 2013 car, the RB9, at its base in Milton Keynes.

The latest Adrian Newey-designed car features a stepped nose like last year's car but without the driver cooling slot, as well as a tightly packaged rear end. Newey said the car does have a vanity panel - a thin carbon fibre fairing that other teams have used to disguise the step - but that "it doesn't extend too far forward as then it doesn't justify it in weight".

He added: "This is very much an evolutionary car ... the devil has very much been in the detail"

The RB9 features a slightly tweaked colour scheme with purple sidepods to promote new title sponsor Infiniti. The Japanese car brand has upped its involvement with the team this year and occupies other sponsorship space on the nose, in front of the cockpit and on the rear wing.

The car will hit the track for the first time on Tuesday with Mark Webber at the wheel for the first two days of the Jerez test before reigning champion Sebastian Vettel takes over on Thursday and Friday. The team is hoping to continue its winning streak from the last three seasons after taking both drivers' and constructors' titles each year.

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