Infiniti Red Bull Racing reveals the RB9

MyDrive | Infiniti Red Bull Racing set the defence of its Formula One drivers’ and constructors’ championship titles in motion today with the launch of its new car, the RB9. Joining drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the team’s UK base were team principal Christian Horner and design mastermind Adrian Newey.

MILTON KEYNES (United Kingdom) – In front of an audience of team members, partners, guests and international media gathered at the Infiniti Red Bull Racing HQ in Milton Keynes, drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber slowly drew back the sheet to reveal the RB9, the final instalment in a generation of designs that has brought Infiniti Red Bull Racing no fewer than 34 grand prix victories and six world championship titles since its creation in 2005.

Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel and nine-time grand prix winner Mark Webber were joined on stage for the ceremony by team principal Christian Horner, chief technical officer Adrian Newey and corporate vice president of global marketing communications representing Infiniti, Simon Sproule.

Despite the largely unchanged nature of the technical regulations for 2013, Adrian Newey explained that the off-season had been far from relaxed. “It’s a tribute to all the hard work of the guys over the winter, because we had a very tight championship battle last year,” he said. “It was difficult trying to continue development of last year’s car while also doing research into the RB9. Obviously it worked for us, but it gave us a very tight timeframe to design and manufacture this car.

After a thrilling climax to the 2012 season which saw Sebastian claim his third title in as many years, the sport’s youngest ever triple world champion has had the opportunity to recharge his batteries over the last two months and professed himself more than ready to begin the task of trying to win a fourth straight title, something done only twice before in the history of the sport.

“We had a very strong finish last season, but it was hard as the season was so long – it was important for me to enjoy being home,” he said. “I’m very excited because this is the first time I’ve seen the car in one piece. I’m keen to get going again, to get back in the car, start testing and then go racing.”

The presentation also ushered in a new era for the team, with the RB9’s striking new livery reflecting the strengthened relationship between Red Bull Racing and premium automotive brand Infiniti. The new design is part of a four-year deal announced in November 2012 that will see Infiniti become the team’s title partner.

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