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” …
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“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.”
And here are the 2009 Red Bull drivers with their 2009 helmets:
See the pre-launch video animation explaining the differences between RB4 and RB5 – click here.
Photos: Red Bull Racing