Red Bull RB9 launch: First pictures and video

2013 F1 cars

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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141 comments on Red Bull RB9 launch: First pictures and video

  1. zippyone (@zippyone) said on 3rd February 2013, 13:49

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

  2. Calum (@calum) said on 3rd February 2013, 13:51

    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).

  3. Brace (@brace) said on 3rd February 2013, 13:57

    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.

  4. Dev (@dev) said on 3rd February 2013, 13:57

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

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

  6. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 3rd February 2013, 13:59

    Oh it’s so surprising and exciting….NOT!!!

  7. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 3rd February 2013, 14:01

    From the 3 pictures available right now, the RB9 looks alot like the RB8 at the end of 2012. The air inlets on the sidepod look small, but the sidepods themselves look rather wide. Not alof of new interesting stuff, it seems. Probably all the 2012 tech, but really well balanced.

  8. Bob (@bobthevulcan) said on 3rd February 2013, 14:11

    The nose seems to be an odd hybrid of the RB6 and RB8, and the purple doesn’t exactly blend well with the rest of the Red Bull livery. Time will tell if it’s as fast as it is unorthodox/unusual-looking.

  9. Gaston (@gastonmazzacane) said on 3rd February 2013, 14:34

    Looks like Renault powered cars, do need a nose step :)

    • Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 3rd February 2013, 16:24

      Bottas has said that Williams won’t have a stepped nose.
      Newey and Allison seemed confident with their stepped nose, and it might be interesting to see the other teams discard the vanity panel in the mid-season. :D

  10. Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 3rd February 2013, 14:38

    Best part of the launch, probably their new video :
    Quite unlike RedBull but yet the show is not there yet …

    About the car itself, quite odd looking for me, the pics look like draws and this nose is, let’s say, unexpected (we were waiting steps or vanity and they choose none of those). The purple is probably a good thing to refresh their livery a bit (that’s pobably also what makes the car looks like a drawing)

    All in all I don’t believe it will be elected the best looking car of 2013 but we should expect some performance from them, time will tell

  11. Mads (@mads) said on 3rd February 2013, 14:59

    This is the car which is going, at least try, to defend last years championships, and they present it like this? This is just plain unfair.

  12. bag0 (@bag0) said on 3rd February 2013, 15:15

    Something seems wrong around the rear suspension. It is either the exhaust outlets position, or some missing bodywork around that area. It just seems so empty there.

    • Timski said on 3rd February 2013, 15:30

      Can’t help but notice the complete lack of pictures of the rear. Nothing from the back on any site. And we know nobody in the room got a good look at the rear. Rather suggests there *is* something missing back there.

    • Lemon (@lemon) said on 3rd February 2013, 17:15

      Completely agree…. To me it seems like there is some missing body work at the rear…. Maybe that’s an area which they didn’t want shown to other teams… So they just took it off?

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