Red Bull RB9 launch: First pictures and video

2013 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Red Bull RB9 has been seen for the first time at the team’s base in Milton Keynes.

This is the car the team hope will bring them a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship. Sebastian Vettel is aiming for the same in the drivers’ championship – but team mate Mark Webber will be out to claim the title for himself.

Team principal Christian Horner said continuity and stability within the team gave him confidence they could capture both championships for the fourth year in a row.

“We’ve got continuity in the driver line-up for a fifth year. We’ve got continuity throughout all of the key technical areas,” he said.

“There’s a fierce determination to keep both those trophies in the cabinet at Milton Keynes for another year.”

Chief technical officer Adrian Newey described the car as an evolution of the previous year’s RB8. He said the car does incorporate a vanity panel, though it does not extend to the full length of the nose as the increased weight could not be justified.

The RB9 has a slightly revised colour scheme incorporating more purple, to reflect the team’s title branding from Infiniti.

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  1. Pearlescent purple bull? Hell yeah!

    1. @rob-wilson And here I was expecting same old same old. Surprisingly for me, very few Red Bull titles on the car, and really, none on the main body. I’ll definitely forgive the step nose for that :P

    2. Having seen some of the cars so far, I think 2013 could be a season with some of the most beautiful cars for a while. Then again, we may just be so overwhelmed by their beauty due to having got used to 2012’s slim pickings…

    3. Neat colours but they’re just not good for a Bull. I’ve gotten too used to their livery, it’s just like when McLaren switched from their Marlboro livery to the West one and then to the current Vodafone. Still, very good looking. More pics will reveal more technical details :)

    4. @rob-wilson In fact it’s Infiniti violet due to their increased sponsorship of the Red Bull F1 Team for 2013

    5. I like the new color on there, makes the car feel more intense.

  2. @keithcollantine And I thought you weren’t supposed to take pictures ;)

      1. Ian Parkes has taken a picture as well, and strangely Red Bull spy was the first to post an image of the car on Twitter

      2. @pjtierney I’m sitting next to him!

    1. @andae23 Best I could get for now. G4S nearly snatched my phone off me.

      1. G4S, dear God. They might as well hire bunch of street thugs and dress them up. It wouldn’t make a difference.

      2. G4S? Nasty.

      3. JimmyTheIllustratedBlindSolidSilverBeachStackapopolis III
        3rd February 2013, 13:49

        That seems ridiculous this is what happens at an f1 car launch. It’s the first chance for the world to see the new car or why did they even bother? May as well have just left it under the tarp.

        1. Red Null, like most teams, are trying to prevent pictures of the back of the car (amongst other bits) from getting out. As then the other teams can see what they are doing.

          The rendered pictures allow a team to show only what they want people to see.

          1. Red Bull* -.-

          2. Why not just cover up certain sensitive parts of the car and be intentionally mysterious about it. Hell, I’d cover up uninteresting parts just to spite the competition, if only for comedy.

            Otherwise have an aesthetically similar car with dated parts. Handling it like this really seems the wrong way of dealing with an understandable issue.

            Don’t care that much though. I just want to see them race. :/

          3. @mike

            Red Bull, like most teams, are trying to prevent pictures of the back of the car (amongst other bits) from getting out. As then the other teams can see what they are doing.

            And most of the other teams launch their cars with 2012-spec parts for any sensitive areas of the car so that if photos do get taken, it won’t tip everyone else off as to what they are doing.

          4. @prisoner-monkeys

            Then why were Red Bull trying to prevent photos?

          5. @mike

            Then why were Red Bull trying to prevent photos?

            I’d say it was for two reasons:

            1) They clearly didn’t think it through. If they were trying to prevent photos, it means that there was something on the car that they did not want photographed. All the other teams have placed 2012-spec parts on sensitive areas of the car, which is what Red Bull should have done.

            2) They wanted all of the fireworks of a live launch event, but they probably only wanted approved photos to be released – ie the photos that they took and authorised to be sent out. Which again suggests that they didn’t think things through, because they invited the media (who all brought their cameras since that’s their job). They were probably hoping that any and all stories about the launch would be accompanied by the photos supplied.

          6. @prisoner-monkeys

            So effectively you are saying that it’s the F1 equivalent of forgetting you put the kettle on…

            I….. don’t buy it. They must have had a reason, otherwise they wouldn’t have done it. But most I’ve heard don’t really make sense to me as of now.

      4. Is that Red Bull’s Brown Shirts? Haha.

      5. Nice work @keithcollantine but hopefully there won’t be any PR repercussions from Red Bull for breaking their no photos embargo. From where you’re sitting, there’s no way of discerning any “secret details” the team may have wanted to hide, but that may not stop them quietly blacklisting any site that took a photo.

        The whole thing paints Red Bull in a bad light, actually. It’s bad PR to invite people to a launch and then run it like the Stasi, it contradicts their carefully (corporately) honed image of the “freewheeling outsiders”, and worst of all, it’s utterly pointless and stupid. A simple rule of launch spec cars is “If you don’t want it seen, don’t put it on.” Not complicated.

        Mclaren launched a demonstrably different car to last year’s, and let photographers and engineers climb all over it (scarbs, I understand, was lying underneath it at one point, taking photos). There were obvious places where they had put on fake, “launch spec”, or last year’s parts. Big deal. That’s all Red Bull had to do in this case. And yet McLaren are portrayed as the stuffed shirts of the paddock.

        Red Bull’s cars have looked 99% the same to the untutored eye for the past 4 years (nose step aside) and yet they’re utterly paranoid all of the time. If some other team needs to get a shot of what you’re building, they will. If they have to hire one of your engineers to steal your secrets, they will. This sort of pointless coverup just makes them look silly.

        As numerous experts have told us time and time again, what matters in an F1 car is what works on your car, with your car’s basic philosophy. Even if another team sees one of your good ideas, there’s no guarantee they can stick in on their car and it’ll work at all. Even if it works, there’s no guarantee they’ll get the same benefit, because there may be some other part of the car under the skin, or in the engine maps, or the setup, that makes it work. Photographs don’t help there.

        Out of the 7 launches so far, two teams have made fools of themselves: Mercedes by failing to learn from the “online launch” server overload fiasco last year, and Red Bull by being, well, Red Bull.

        1. Great sum up of launches (even if mercedes event was not their real launch, they still made fools of themselves).
          Even Ferrari is doing a beter launch job than RedBull while in competition for me most secret team, and expect boards from both of them at Jerez …

        2. Very pithy and perceptive, Hairs. This has got to be COTD, if not Month.

        3. @hairs, if they didn’t pretend it was secret then the other teams wouldn’t be tearing their hair out trying to work out what Newey was doing, by using stuff that didn’t work for the launch they make the other teams worry about missing a trick.

        4. It’s bad PR to invite people to a launch and then run it like the Stasi, it contradicts their carefully (corporately) honed image of the “freewheeling outsiders”, and worst of all, it’s utterly pointless and stupid.

          What you’re forgetting is that we here on F1 Fanatic represent not even 1% of all Formula 1 fans. For the other 99%, they will either see a picture of the car during launch taken by the exclusive photographers, or they will not see the launch at all (probably 90% of all fans). So they have made a complete fools out of themselves for us, but the main audience will not have noticed that. That of course doesn’t mean that I don’t think the way the journalists were treated was fair.

          1. all the mainstream f1 media were there too. The problem is that pr only works if the outlets agree to play along.

            Journalists tend to take things like this personally and as a result red bull’s very expensive pr machine now has to placate them all, and massage some punctured egos. otherwise, stories about them are going to have a negative bent for a while.

            Don’t forget red bull the company is only in this sort for pr. nothing else. They’re not racers, they’re not car people, they’re pr driven consumerism. Horner and vettel and newey will have to look for other backers once red bull get bored.

    2. Absolutely idiotic presentation…

    3. Not being allowed to take photos at a car launch is bit like not being able to drink at a beer festival.

      1. @robk23 depends: designated driver :P

      2. Yeah, especially if you compare it to McLaren, where Peter Windsor and Craig Scarborough were even allowed to film close up and touch parts to point out certain details!

        1. It’s all mind games @bascb, Who says the McLaren that was filmed was even close to their 2013 car. We all know these are basically props with new paint jobs just to entice the fans and media, the secret game has been well played by RedBull in my opinion, as it always is. On the joke side, that could be Mark’s car, he doesn’t get the upgrades till the 2nd round!

          1. Sure, there will be many parts that will be different before the car gets to Melbourne @funkyf1, but I doubt the pull rod front suspension, or the nosecone/vanity panel have all been made just to show them at the presentation.

  3. Pity Red Bull wasn’t broadcasting unveiling of RB9 live to fans around the globe.

  4. Certainly evolution over evolution, which probably bodes quite well for the RB boys. But my god that uber-sized, photo-realistic Infiniti logo that has taken over the the side pods is killing me. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before we see the “Waste Management” RB10 out there?

  5. you can see the car in 1080p on just ff to 3 mins

  6. A double stepped nose. Because one step is just TOO MAINSTREAM.

    1. Fast ‘n bulbous. I like it!

      1. Hmmm. Something about ‘bulbous also tapered’.

  7. i do like that pearlescent purple!

  8. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    3rd February 2013, 13:42

    The Redbull shape and colours have really grown on me. I think they’ve made some of the better looking cars in the recent years.

  9. William Brierty
    3rd February 2013, 13:43

    What a shambles of a launch! No live stream, no photos, no nothing. I know RBR like to brand themselves as enigmatic but this is ridiculous! Not something I expect from what I believe to be the most professional team of them all. McLaren shames you RBR.

    1. My thoughts exactly

      1. I thought McLaren’s launch was good when I watched it, now compared with the ‘launches’ of Mercedes and Red Bull I consider it excellent.

        1. William Brierty
          3rd February 2013, 13:59


    2. ” to be the most professional team of them all”

      Seriously do you believe red bull is the most professional team???
      professional is not related only to fast but a couple of other things…the newspaper “The Economist” has elected Ferrari as the best place to work in Europe.
      Professionalism is not related only to speed in f1. if i have to rate the team based in their professionalism i will do it like this:


      1. the newspaper “The Economist” has elected Ferrari as the best place to work in Europe.

        What does that have to do with professionalism?

        1. It does. Best place to work does not means only salary…but ambient to work,professionalism of the enterprise, prospectives, assurances, workgroup, way to treat the employers…etc

          A couple of months ago an ex young driver (Robin Frijns) of red bull said that red bull treat their drivers like dogs…

          1. It could also mean which workplace has free ice creams, or which one has the laziest supervisors. Depending on your preferences…. It however may not mean professionalism, or even have anything to do with it.

          2. Not in my preferences but in the “The Economist” specialists preferences.

            Your points are pointless and does not a reflect an opinion of an acknowledgment fan of formula 1 should have. The first point “ice creams” it is not a point. The second point ” laziest supervisors” simple is not true, since it was not Ferrari who send one of their drivers in track with insufficient fuel (the ABC of formula 1), indeed it was Red Bull and McLaren.
            For McLaren i have a big respect and consider them a very professional team, with a certain history behind.
            For Red Bull sorry but in one way or another the history and experience are related with professionalism (maybe 20 years from now they will become more professional). And i consider them a Bad Winners since they showed 0 respect for Ferrari with theirs declarations.
            Mclaren and Ferrari had battled for years but always showed respect for each other,independently which one was the winner or the loser.

            Professionalism is highly related with the quality and quantity of the work but they are not the only criterion (please reread my message).
            It is true that the last year RB has made a more performant car but Ferrari was second right behind them. But in professionalism of an enterprise is not only the quality of the work which matter.

            Anway you can contact “The Economist” for further explanation of their choice.
            And please if you want to open a constructive debate you are free, but for a fan biased debate i’m not interested. You can like or not like Ferrari but pls give reasonable answers and explanation why u think they are not professional. I’m really interested to learn by others commenting but not in the way you have proposed it…
            This site has a reputation of a good fans of f1 let’s respect this.

    3. Redbull know where to have the best show , on the racing circuit

      1. Correct, show n tell is for 5 yr olds

    4. Enigmatic? They are as enigmatic as the back of my hand.

    5. So they can manage a global live stream from a balloon in space, but not from a factory in Milton Keynes? Poor show Red Bull!

  10. I do hope the car is as bad as it looks. The purple ruins what little I liked about RBR’s livery and the basic design is as far from aesthetically pleasing as it can get.

    1. William Brierty
      3rd February 2013, 13:47


    2. @alehud42 – although I agree about the aesthetics (although not the purple), wishing bad luck upon ones’ rivals is quite unnecessary. Shouldn’t you instead be wishing luck upon your favoured team, so remaining an optimist?

  11. I suspect Vettel will call her “Violet”

    1. Hopefully something like Violet the vixen. I don’t think I could take a Victorious Violet.

      1. Violent Violet

        1. Vicious Violet

        2. Only if it has a tendency to crash into things…which is unlikely given what’s gone on over the last 3 years!

    2. Maybe he’ll just call it Mrs Vettel…

    3. Antonio (@antoniocorleone)
      3rd February 2013, 19:16

      Violet hill

    4. thatscienceguy
      3rd February 2013, 21:43

      If reliability is poor, it may end up being called Violet Crumble (the Australians will get it).

      1. Haha :D

        These are so bad :D

  12. The purple is okay but that nose is horrible! Allison’s got one right then!

    1. The nose doesn’t look that bad. I wonder why it is that low. But the shape is ok, still a step but looks better than last year ;)

  13. Ohh, I see this is the Webber version, it wont have any of the good bits on it.

  14. Can we make comparative pictures of the cars to see how tight their side-pods are? Or can Keith make a page where we comment and compare them?

  15. I really like the purple, my favourite colour, but it’s still a Red Bull so I can’t like it too much

  16. Loving the purple through the new livery, nice little change there although the giant Infiniti logos on the sidepods look odd (just because they are new).

    1. Dont let the lights deceive your eyes mate!

  17. Pirelli should really think about redesigning their logo. I mean, for a tyre company, to have a logo that doesn’t fit to the tyre even half decently, is just amateurish.

  18. i like the nose, it’s adding some character to the car’s look…

  19. watch their youtube video if you want to see more details of the car

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