Red Bull launch RB9

Red Bull unveiled its new RB9 chassis to the world on Sunday via a YouTube video.

The new car is said to be an evolution of the RB8 that won both the drivers and constructors championships last year.

The new RB9 like Lotus does not feature the vanity panel that can be used to disguise the step in the nose. Technical Director Adrian Newey said that the car did have a vanity panel but only a short one that would provide aerodynamic gains since a full panel would just add unnecessary weight.

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The RB9 looks visually similar to its predecessor but the team have made improvements on things they felt needed development.

The new car also features a slightly changed livery. The RB9 has added purple to its dark blue colour scheme and the Infinity logo also features more prominently on the car.

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Whilst the Red Bull may not be the prettiest car on the grid the team is ultimately aiming to add to its three drivers and constructors championships. But with the rule changes so few in 2013 the other top teams- Ferrari and McLaren- may have an opportunity to close in on the Red Bull and make this season closer at the top.

Unlike other teams Red Bull choose not to have a live feed to the launch instead releasing a three minute YouTube video to show the evolution of the RB8 into the RB9.

Testing will begin in Jerez on Tuesday where Mark Webber will complete the first two days before handing the car over the Sebastian Vettel for the final two days.


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