Adrian Newey says he is hopeful that the RB7 can continue Red Bull's run of success in recent F1 seasons after the launch of the car in Valencia.
Red Bull won six occasions with the RB5 back in 2009 before securing both championship crowns last year with the RB6 – which took no fewer than nine wins and 15 pole positions over the course of the year.
The new RB7 will aim to repeat those levels of success this season as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber chase more championship success and Newey said he was hopeful that his newest design would once again be a contender at the head of the field.
“Preparing for the new season has been an interesting challenge for all of us,” he said. “There have been a number of changes to the regulations and while they are not as comprehensive as the changes for 2009, the major differences – such a the re-introduction of the KERS system and the arrival of a moveable rear wing to aid overtaking – have meant that RB7 is quite different to last year's car.
“However, what we have done is taken the philosophy of continuing evolution. We have evolved RB6, which itself was an evolution of 2009's RB5, and this is, if you like, the third generation of a successful lineage.”
Newey added that he was given extra motivation by the way in which the Red Bull team has pushed hard to secure success since entering F1, with the team in Milton Keynes fully-focused on adding to its silverware.
“We've got a great outfit and we have a good atmosphere here,” he said. “We don't pretend to be anything we're not. We're a Formula One team that goes about its business of trying to make the best possible car it can. The team of engineers, indeed everyone, in every department, is working extremely hard to achieve that. It has a great atmosphere and I find that very refreshing and very motivating personally.”