2009 Formula 1 Cars – Red Bull launches their RB5 – photos

Red Bull RB5

Red Bull RB5

Red Bull Racing unveiled their 2009 F1 car – RB5 – today in Jerez. The nose seems to be quite different from the other 2009 cars we have seen so far. Interestingly, the shark fin that many teams copied from Red Bull last year is missing on the Newey’s car. While the colour scheme is very similar to previous Red Bull cars the livery does seem to be more glossy this year, at least on these studio images. Generally the car does not look too bad considering the new regulations but I would not really call it a “stunner” …

More photos inside the post:

Adrian Newey:

“2009 arguably sees the biggest rule change since flat bottoms were introduced in 1983, a very major change. 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 it. Apart from the gearbox internals, there is hardly any carry-over from RB4.

The main area of change with going back to slick tyres was in terms of weight distribution, as it will put greater strain on the rear tyres, so at the design stage, we moved the weight distribution forward a bit.”

RB5 - overhead view

RB5 - overhead view

Red Bull RB5

Red Bull RB5

Red Bull RB5 head on

Red Bull RB5 head on

Red Bull RB5 low fron view

Red Bull RB5 low fron view

And here are the 2009 Red Bull drivers with their 2009 helmets:

Mark Webber - Red Bull 2009

Mark Webber - Red Bull 2009

Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull 2009

Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull 2009

See the pre-launch video animation explaining the differences between RB4 and RB5 – click here.

Photos: Red Bull Racing

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  1. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Here are the “real colours” :


  2. Nice looking car
    I think Red Bull racing will do very well this year
    It looks like they have a good car, and hopefully Vettel can get some wins for them.

  3. dbNo Gravatar says:

    Looks pretty nice, although definitely not a thing of beauty as the drivers had claimed it was during the week. The williams and ferrari entries probably look better – maybe I just don’t care for that yellow nose. I hope they can win a fair few races. Why must the drivers look so grim in the ‘photoshoot pictures, though?’

  4. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    The most tinny version seen till doday, that nosecone looks like a toothpick. A complete turn to what we have seen until today. Renault gave a technical partner to RedBull with their engines, curious that such things happen in F1. I’m sure that FIF1 wasn’t using Shell V-Power F1 oils themselves… The RedBull looks clean, neat and pretty. There’s more than a chance to win a prize for it’s beauty this year, but maybe not a single race… However I bet they can and I’m looking forward to it :) Great pair of F1 drivers, particulary I envy their formation!!

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  5. RivfaderBotiNo Gravatar says:

    I think Vettel will score podium’s, but I don’t see him winning…they need a big luck. Maybe a rain at the qualifying and a rainy race. I hope Vettel can score at least 40point’s. I would like to see him in a Ferrari, Ferrari need’s a Vettel. Not Hamilton not Alonso…VETTEL! By the way I think Kimi will stay for a few years if not Vettel goes there. RedBull is going to bee competitive this year.

  6. bmwf1guyNo Gravatar says:

    Colors look great to me. Much better than last years. Makes me want to run out and drink a Red Bull. :)

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  7. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    The most radical seen till today, rear wing end-plates touch almost the ground!!!

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  8. meNo Gravatar says:

    i love, love, love those colours in the portrait pictures.

  9. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    Looks great, interesting front wing, Adrian newey pointed out in a Q&A he did that they changed the shape of the front nose section to a V shape instead of being flat too.
    Diffuser is apparently like the Toyota and Williams (or something along those lines), as Red Bull was guarded on letting press take photos of it when they launched.
    This is definitely ranked as my favourite car on the grid so far this year, then the McLaren, then the Ferrari follows.
    Hopefully it won’t just look good, but be bloody fast too!
    Webber and Vettel should make a great driving pair this year with Webber such a great qualifier and Vettel getting better with each season. Hoping these two can both take a few podiums and maybe have a chance of victory somewhere in there too.

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  12. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Just noticed it??? :)

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  13. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I still find the rear wings hideous :-)

  14. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    HEHE the large end plates gives another point of view, but not really better than others :P It’s not because it is tall… It’s just because it looks so narrow compared to the entire car! The more times I look them, the more I’m convinced they look like that:

    (It isn’t easy to find F1000 examples through Internet)

  15. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    well, on this car at least the rear wing is not the tallest part of the car :-)

  16. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    And what about IT??? HAHAHA!! Does it look squeezed?

    That’s a formula SAE, a students racing category, there’s open rules for the car design, just the car has to adapt to some design limitations and engine’s maximum capacity. Then this is prototype is evalued within several parameters as it was a fictional production car, I think it has to be a great fun to participate in such events.

    I was willing someday to own a F1000 :) But an older one, since newer models include carbon fibers and monocoque, it isn’t cheap for sure…

    Just for fun!


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