Seven of the cars on the 2009 F1 grid have now been launched, with the addition of Red Bull’s RB5 which was unveiled yesterday. Given that car will likely be the same as the Toro Rosso STR4, we might as well call it eight, with potentially only Force India left to show off their new machine.
Here’s a look at how the RB5 compares to its rivals, including some new pictures of the Renault R29 and McLaren MP4/24.
The RB5 has a nigh and narrow front nose similar to the TF109’s. And, like Williams and Ferrari, it has appeared with extra flips on the inside of its endplates, prresumably to increase downforce. Other teams may introduce these on their cars before finalising their specification for the first round at Melbourne.
Looking at the front, wing, suspension and sidepod arrangements it seems to me there is already a lot more variety in the 2009 F1 car designs than we have seen in recent years.
Renault have finally released studio images of the R29 meaning we can get a look at it from above. The immediate impression from glancing at it is that it’s much wider at the read than many of its rivals. But the side-on shot below reveals how low this portion of the bodywork sweeps compared to, say, the McLaren.
Renault are still the only team to stick with the ‘shark’s fin’ wing. Red Bull’s sidepods flatten out towards the rear of the car and the non-independent rear suspension (spotted by Mattclinch yesterday) attaches to the car quite far forward. The rear wing is mounted to the diffuser, in another unusual move.
The RB5 only managed 14 laps before breaking down on its debut yesterday. Today it was the fastest of the ’09-spec cars testing at Jerez. So has Adrian Newey conjured up another masterpiece? Or will it prove to be fast-but-frail, like some of Newey’s other designs?
Share your thoughts on the 2009 F1 cars we’ve seen so far below.
2009 Formula 1 cars
- Red Bull RB5 officially revealed – pictures (2009 F1 cars)
- BMW F1.09 unveiled – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)
- Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)
- Williams FW31 introduced in interim livery (2009 F1 car launches)
- McLaren MP4/24 revealed – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)
- Toyota reveals the TF109 – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)
- Ferrari F60 launched at Mugello – pictures & video (2009 F1 car launches)
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