Red Bull Racing has become the latest team to launch its new 2012 F1 car as it seeks to secure the championship crowns for the third straight year.
The Adrian Newey designed machine is the latest to feature a stepped nose and revised exhaust layout to take into consideration the change in regulations for the season ahead.
Aside from those changes, the car looks similar to the RB7 it replaces and team boss Christian Horner said he was hopeful that it would lead to similar results for Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in 2012.
“The team's goals are quite simple,” he said. “It's to try and defend both titles in the manner (in which) we achieved them. Of course, when you've achieved what we have, particularly in 2011, we've set a very high standard for ourselves.
“But, we're always looking to improve, we're always looking, in all areas, to try and do better. We can't control what our opponents do, we're up against some formidable opponents, but we can only really focus on ourselves and only when we get to Melbourne will we truly know where we sit against our rivals.
“This year's car build has gone fantastically well, and I think it's the epitome of continuity, continuity across all areas. I think we've designed and built this car in a record amount of time, in a ridiculously short amount of time. Adrian's never famous for his drawings being early, but the design team, the production teams, all the associated departments that go into producing these cars, have delivered, and delivered in a fantastic way. We've hit our target of being at the first test so, despite the snow over the latter part of this week, I think we're in great shape for the first test.”
Webber will be the first driver to test the new car this week at Jerez before Vettel takes over later in the week.
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