2009 F1 cars compared – Red Bull

Two cars, one engine, two very different designs

Two cars, one engine, two very different designs

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.

Front view

Ferrari F60, Toyota TF109, Renault R29, Williams FW31, BMW F1.09, Red Bull RB5, McLaren MP4/24

Ferrari F60, Toyota TF109, Renault R29, Williams FW31, BMW F1.09, Red Bull RB5, McLaren MP4/24 (click to enlarge)

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.

Top view

Ferrari F60, Toyota TF109, Williams FW31, McLaren MP4/24, BMW F1.09, Renault R29 (click to enlarge)

Ferrari F60, Toyota TF109, Williams FW31, McLaren MP4/24, BMW F1.09, Renault R29 (click to enlarge)

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.

Side view

Ferrari F60, Toyota TF109, McLaren MP4/24, Williams FW31, BMW F1.09, Renault R29, Red Bull RB5 (click to enlarge)

Ferrari F60, Toyota TF109, McLaren MP4/24, Williams FW31, BMW F1.09, Renault R29, Red Bull RB5 (click to enlarge)

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

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22 comments on 2009 F1 cars compared – Red Bull

  1. These cars look so much cooler than last years. Hope the racing is just as good.

  2. Clare msj said on 18th February 2009, 16:18

    The cars dont look half as bad as i first thought they did, even the Renault is growing on me!!

    Unsurprisingly i think the Mclaren looks good, it always seem to no matter that they do to it. I do like the Williams though, but part of that is the interim livery i think, and it always seems to look a bit better in the winter colours.

    I think its interesting how all the teams appear to have completely different noses – I dont remember them all being quite so different in previous years. There is not two cars who have the same so far.

    The BMW, despite being one of my two favourite teams is not one of my favourite cars – its very plain in comparison to the others, but i suppose its nice and uncomplicated – title winning hopefully!

  3. About the large front wings: Kubica is expecting a lot of wings to be flying off at the first start of the season.

    The Williams is still the best looking car IMO.

  4. sean334 said on 21st February 2009, 2:47

    from many of the pictures i have seen from tests after launch the mclaren looks to have a slightly wider rear wing it doesn’t look like it on these but it does on the test pics also it looks like red bull have used their rear wing as part of an add on for the diffuser at the back with the wing going much lower than other teams hope that Williams car is up to standard this year they need some better luck

  5. Someone said on 11th August 2009, 6:44

    The Willams is a bit random but my favorite is the Ferrari and the Red Bull. I love the design of the Ferrari its so different and unique. The Red Bull is Awesome!

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